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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 24 to 30 August

Ljubljana, 31 August - Although the week that was dominated by economic issues, relations between Slovenia and Croatia were not pushed into the background. But it was not incidents that made headlines this week. Instead, it was efforts on both sides to ease the tensions and prevent conflicts, efforts that are to culminate in a meeting of both prime ministers next week. Another international issue was being hotly debated this week - whether Slovenia should sign a bilateral agreement with the U.S. on immunity from International Criminal Court (ICC) or not. Slovenia has not yet decided what to do; it will wait until the EU adopts a common standpoint on the issue. In defence of the U.S. insistence on such agreements, and to reassure the public that the accords, which the EU opposes, would not force NATO and EU candidates to chose between the two organisations, a U.S. official told Slovenian journalists that all this accord includes is the agreement that the signatory "undertakes to request the permission of the U.S. before turning over an American citizen to the ICC." And that it was EU members that suggested the U.S. should conclude these deals in the first place.

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