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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 17 to 23 August

Ljubljana, 24 August - The week's headlines were once again dominated by Slovene-Croatian relations, with a new incident in the dispute border regions. Unlike the previous two weeks, this incident did not involve Slovene fishing boats nor the disputed Piran Bay, but was about the land border and a Slovene citizens' insistence that his home in a tiny village lies on Slovene territory. Josko Joras, who refuses to recognise Croatian jurisdiction and flies the Slovene flag on his house, was arrested and sentenced to 30 days for violation of public order. The move was protested by the Slovene Foreign Ministry and condemned by a number of parties and the civil society groups. The Joras incident overshadowed an intensifying debate on the U.S. proposal to Slovenia for the conclusion of a bilateral agreement that would grant U.S. troops immunity before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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