Weekly Review of Events From October 15 to 21
Ljubljana, 23 October - While the deputies in the working bodies of the National Assembly were discussing issues relating to the budget memorandum for the coming year, the Slovenian public, government and in particular the Foreign Ministry, were yet again "surprised" by the latest move of neighbouring Croatia. A reply in the form of a note of protest was sent immediately. The problem this time concerns Slovenian holiday facilities in the Pineta and Mareda tourist resorts near Novigrad. They were forcibly taken over by the Croatian army at the beginning of the week, to accommodate Croatian refugees from central Bosnia and Herzegovina in them. This resulted in a meeting behind closed doors between the foreign ministers of Slovenia and Croatia, Peterle and Granić, on Wednesday. They stated that the problem was solved. The Croatian party, namely, promised to withdraw all moves. That this has not happened was demonstrated by Friday's official protest addressed by the Slovenian Foreign Ministry to its Croatian counterpart. In the note, the Slovenian government requests of Croatia to respect the stipulations of international law and the fundamental principles of good neighbourly relations, as the occupation and appropriation of Slovenian holiday facilities in Istria is still continuing.
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