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Review of Events Involving Slovenia in the Week from 11 to 17 November

Ljubljana, 18 November - Last week LDS leader Janez Drnovsek was elected prime minister for the fourth time in his career after a government coalition was signed between his party and ZLDS, SLS+SKD and DeSUS. Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic visited Slovenia in mid-week, while a day later Yugoslav Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic announced in Belgrade the federal government could establish diplomatic relations with Slovenia as early as next week. Issues related to the succession to former Yugoslavia were discussed by central bank governors from the successor states at a meeting on Friday, which was attended by Slovenia's Franc Arhar. U.S. Major General Joseph Garrett, who met Defence Minister Janez Jansa and President Milan Kucan, said Slovenia achieved substantial progress in implementing the assessment study on the reform of the Slovene defence. Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindhm stopped in Ljubljana on her tour of Europe, while Slovenia closed the 13th chapter of legislation in the negotiations with the EU. Foreign ministers of the six frontrunners called for concluding membership negotiations by the end of 2001 or early 2002 at the latest. Last week a village in northwestern Slovenia was ruined by a landslide, which killed at least one villager, while seven others were reported missing.

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