Cheaper to Be in NATO Than Stand Alone, State Secretary Says

Ljubljana, 13 December - The NATO "membership fee" upon joining will amount to one to two percent of Slovenia's total defence budget for 2002, i.e. SIT 300m (EUR 1.3m), State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence Janko Dezelak said in an interview for daily Delo Friday. Talking about expenses, the Social Democrat said that he does not understand "the unbelievable persistence and fact-twisting of some respectable participants in the public forums on NATO".

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