Defence Minister Responds to President Kucan's Criticism of the Slovene Armed Forces

Ljubljana, 25 April - The reproach made by President Milan Kucan that Slovenia "has been building a house without proper plans" refers to the long-overdue concepts that should have been formulated for the Slovene Armed Forces, chiefly to the lack of basic strategic documents and doctrines regarding Slovenia's national security. These were the words of Defence Minister Anton Grizold, who responded to President Milan Kucan's recent severe criticism of a report on the Slovene Armed Forces' combat readiness in 2000. Grizold was confident that the poor situation in the Slovene Armed Forces as outlined by Kucan, who is the Slovene Armed Forces supreme commander, will not threaten Slovenia's integration into NATO.

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