Janez Janša on defence and security in Slovenia

Ljubljana, 9 October - The Slovenian Minister of Defence, Janez Janša, talked to journalists at the regular press conference in Cankarjev Dom. He told journalists that there are little more than 2400 Yugoslav Army soldiers still in Slovenia, which represents 10 percent of the military potential that was in our republic during the time of attack on Slovenia. Approximately one thousand railroad cars are loaded with non-military equipment. There is approximately 100 tanks and other military equipment still in Slovenia but which in essence does not represent a danger. Janez Janša said that from the end of August, the Army lost interest in a rapid withdrawal from Slovenia. Similarly, from that time onwards, there were no further meetings of the commission concerned with open issues regarding YA withdrawal from Slovenia. This was the reason the army slowed down its withdrawal. Janša again forewarned that after October 18th, when the dead-line for the YA withdrawal from Slovenia expires, the Army's status will change and Slovenia shall regard all its members similarly as all other foreign armed forces on its territory.

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