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jubljana, March 10 (STA) - Earlier today Herman Rigelnik, President of the National Assembly, opened a two-day international conference entitled "Civilian-Military Relations in Democracy", organised by the two Slovenian universities in association with the National Assembly. It began today in Ljubljana and is to conclude tomorrow in Bled.***

Ljubljana, 10 March - RIGELNIK OPENS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CIVILIAN-MILITARY RELATIONS IN DEMOCRACY=
        Rigelnik continued his speech by outlining the role and the competences of the National Assembly, which makes decisions on the deployment of defence forces and declares a state of emergency and state of war. He drew attention to the historical and sociological facts demonstrated in the ever-present anxiety in the state-armed forces-civil society triangle. In a number of cases this anxiety has ended in the defeat of a law-based state and civil society and in the use of armed forces. Rigelnik pointed out that in Bosnia-Herzegovina it is an unfortunate fact that military force has prevailed. Europe is inward-looking and busy settling economic matters, and therefore unable to solve the conflict. Thus, after the fall of the Berlin wall, the prosperity of the West confronts the former Communist countries of the East, where, in the search for their own identity, they are faced with a string of unresolved issues, among them national security. Therefore, joint planning of economic, cultural and security and defence strategies by both halves of Europe will be essential.

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