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Annual Review of Slovenian Foreign Affairs

Ljubljana, 9 December - The year 2002 was a turning point for Slovenia in terms of pursuing foreign policy priorities, namely EU and NATO accession. Slovenia was extended an anticipated invitation to join NATO at the Alliance's summit in November, so that it could become a member in spring 2004. The EU, on the other hand, issued a recommendation that Slovenia become a member on 1 May 2004. Slovenia's relations with its neighbours were fairly harmonious, apart from those with Croatia; the undetermined state border proved to be the major thorny issue. Croatia withdrew from the initialled border agreement, and no progress was made in other areas either. Slovenian-Croatian relations were therefore believed to have reached their lowest point in 2002. As for former Yugoslavia's succession, Slovenia ratified a framework succession agreement a year after it was signed by all five successors, following the examples of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the FRY and Macedonia. Croatia remains the only successor that still has to do so in order for the deal to take effect. Nevertheless, the successor states did not crack the hardest nuts yet.

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