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Interstate trade agreement with CSF only after the diplomatic recognition

Ljubljana, 21 November - "The Czech and Slovak Federation wants to be among the first in line regarding the diplomatic recognition of Slovenia", stated the President Vaclav Havel after the yesterday's visit of the Slovenian delegation in Prague, adding that this will happen probably in December. For the time being the CSF will wait for the outcome of the Hague Conference, the deadline for concrete solutions according to Havel being December 10. More was said of the meeting in Czecho-Slovakia by the President of the Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Milan Kučan, and by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, dr. Dimitrij Rupel, on a yesterday's press conference. The visit proceeded on a state level while the Slovenian diplomats were accompanied by the Vice-president of the Executive Council, dr. Andrej Ocvirk, who conducted separate talks with the hosts regarding the economic collaboration. They set the terms to intensify the connections of this type as well as to put more stress on the presentation of the Czech and Slovak merchandise in Slovenia and vice versa. A new interstate trade agreement will be endorsed only after Slovenia will be internationally recognized, until then the terms of the agreements with the former Yugoslavia will remain in effect. President Kučan and the Minister Rupel acquainted the President Havel with the current situation in Slovenia and Yugoslavia, invoking a need for a separate treatment of Slovenia and Croatia. They committed themselves to the engagement of international peace corps in Croatia, especially in Dubrovnik, regarding which they passed a special declaration, stating that the destruction of Dubrovnik would be "an irreparable loss for the whole world". The Czech and Slovak Government already approved the opening of a consulate in Ljubljana, while the relations between the two countries will also intensify after the visit of Vaclav Havel in Ljubljana in the Spring of next year. Milan Kučan also had talks with the Prague Archbishop Miloslav Vlk, who opted for a unified declaration for peace of all the churches of the world, while dr. Rupel met with the Czech and Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jiri Dienstbier.

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