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Slovene and Croatian Officials Issue Joint Statement

Slovene Foreign Minister Boris Frlec and his Croatian counterpart Mate Granic agreed at Tuesday's meeting at the Mokrice castle that Slovenia and Croatia would find a solution within three months to the debt of the Zagreb office of the Ljubljanska banka bank as well as to the issues concerning the Krsko nuclear power plant (NEK). While Frlec and Granic were holding a working meeting, a separate meeting was held between Slovene Economics Minister Metod Dragonja and his Croatian counterpart. In twenty days' time, the Slovene and Croatian finance ministers should hold a meeting in Slovenia to discuss the Ljubljanska banka debt. If no solution is found within the set time limit both sides will ask IMF and World Bank experts to examine the issue, the four ministers wrote in a joint statement. Talks on the status of the nuclear plant will start immediately in order to reach an inter-state accord on the NEK. If no agreement can be reached within three months, both sides agreed that open issues regarding the NEK should be examined by arbitrators.

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