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Janez Janša on Slovenian security service

Ljubljana, 7 November - Mr. Janez Janša addressed some of the accusations at a press conference today, raised by the Liberal Democratic Party regarding activities of the security service that is in the domain of his Ministry and is supposedly operating without an efficient parliamentary control, while its personnel is said to act outside lawful boundaries. Mr. Janša stated that members of his security service arrested 10 members of the former Yugoslav Army after the expiration of the moratorium, 9 of these already left Slovenia while one is still detained. Mr. Janša dismissed the assertions that members of the security service operated against civilians since they are under police jurisdiction. He thus dismissed the reproaches that there is no clear delimitation between the Defense and the Ministry of Interior. He also denied the assertions of the Liberal Democratic Party that his security service is operating according to classified procedures since all the relevant documents were published in the official Government Newsletter. The control over the security service is being effected through depolitization, court and parliamentary supervision. It is nevertheless true that the Parliament has not passed a decree that would qualify one of the Parliamentary Committees for the supervision of the security service. This question is however outside the domain of the Defense Ministry. Mr.Janša criticized the Liberal Democratic Party on the grounds that during the aggression on Slovenia they equated him with the Federal Defense Minister gen. Kadijević, while any armed resistance in Slovenia was declared to be a national catastrophe. The Head of the Security Service at the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Andrej Lovšin, disclosed that this Service is composed of four divisions: Counterintelligence Division, Intelligence Division, Technic Support Division and Analytic Division. Only 45 members have special credentials for operative action, their activities being authorized by the Law on Defense and Civilian Protection.

© STA, 1991