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Foreign observers in Slovenia may extend their activities in Croatia

Ljubljana, 23 July - Milan Kučan, the President of the Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia and Dr Janez Drnovšek, the Slovene Representative in the Presidency of Yugoslavia declared at the press conference that yesterday's meeting of the extended Presidency of Yugoslavia resulted in the agreement according to which foreign observers, who are currently engaged in Slovenia, may extend their activities to encompass the events in Croatia. Milan Kučan referred to the retreat of the Yugoslav Army troops by saying that their actual withdrawal must first be carried out before talks on the property of the Yugoslav Army in Slovenia can be initiated. Kučan added that each republic should be granted a share of the Yugoslav Army property in proportion to its GNP share invested in Yugoslavia, because the federal army was financed by each republic in proportion to their respective contribution to the federal government. Dr. Janez Drnovšek said at today's press conference that General Veljko Kadijević and Admiral Stane Brovet gave him assurances at Ohrid that the release of Slovene servicemen and officers from the Yugoslav Army was not an issue, but rather, a technical and organizational problem. According to the two high ranking officers, the problem will be resolved within 15 days.

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