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Weekly Review of Events Involving Slovenia from 22 to 28 February

Ljubljana, 1 March - Changes to the Constitution which opened the way for Slovenia to join the EU and NATO were the main event on the home political scene last week. Another major event on the home front was a crisis faced by the parliamentary commission investing the attack on journalist Miro Petek, which was short before breakup as the parliament was divided on its criticism of state bodies for poor co-operation. The Kranj-based company Iskratel was busy refuting allegations of involvement in a breach of the UN embargo against Iraq. The government has not yet reached a decision on the U.S. request for military equipment to be transported to Turkey through Slovenia, while peace activists announced that they would stop the convoy with their bodies. In the succession story Ljubljana infuriated Belgrade by protecting the assets of former Yugoslavia in U.S. banks which unblocked FRY funds, so that Belgrade will only be able to get hold of part of the money. It was also an active week for the association of Slovenian inhabitants that were erased from Slovenia's population register in 1992, who highlighted their problems in a series of events. The Kosovar Albanian Fatmir Limai, a war crimes suspect indicted by the Hague tribunal, is meanwhile still waiting for extradition.

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