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Peterle, Rupel on visit to Scandinavia

Ljubljana, 12 November - Slovenian prime minister Lojze Peterle and foreign minister dr. Dimitrij Rupel are on a tour of Scandinavia. They met with Finnish foreign minister Paavo Vayrynen in Helsinki today and discussed Slovenian-Finnish relations. The Slovenian delegation acquainted the Finnish side with Slovenia's endeavours for a Yugoslav settlement, the course of the peace conference in the Hague and the role of Slovenia in the conference. In connection with the recognition of Slovenia, the Finnish side said that Finland would observe the decisions of the European Community. Finland agrees that Slovenia fulfills the requirements for international legal recognition, but the current circumstances, especially the war in Croatia, render the recognition impossible. Finland will arrange the recognition of Slovenian passports in coordination with other Scandinavian countries. The talks also touched upon Slovenia's joining the EFTA, the Finnish side favouring Slovenia's participation in this organization. Concrete talks about Slovenia's inclusion in this organization will be possible only after it obtains international recognition.

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