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Vecer Wonders about Fate of Slovenia's Defence Industry

Maribor, 15 March - By ordering the Slovenia-made light armoured personnel carrier Valuk, the Defence Ministry did what one would expect from the state: buy a Slovenian vehicle for the Slovenian army. What foreigner would even look at the Valuk if it had not been used by the home armed forces, notes Saturday's Vecer. The daily points out, however, that the defence minister's move must be viewed through the prism of the upcoming referendum on NATO. The order, which will create new jobs in the region, was definitely a better move than his statement that mandatory military service might be introduced for women if Slovenia does not enter NATO, the daily adds.

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