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Press Review from Slovenia, November 21, 1991, Ljubljana (STA)

Ljubljana, 21 November - DELO: The politics of frigates - With the frigates, accompanying the s.c. humanitarian cordons on the Adriatic, the military involvement of the West really just started. Does this mean that the EC is going to impose its political will only through political means, or also through military action, wonders in the introduction of his commentary Mr. Boris Jež. It seems that the West will not pay much attention to the demands or flimsy excuses of the actors in this Balkan pub. It will try to supersede its present (rather unsuccessful) role of a peace broker and try to impose its interests even with brute force if need be. At the time being, the principal means of this "politics of frigates", as Mr. Jež refers to it, are economic sanctions, effecting Slovenia to the largest degree. In the eyes of the Brussels paternalism Slovenia and her "flimsiness" could become a source of a major discomfort and she should thus be brought to her knees. Only after she will show a "full cooperativity" will the West be willing again to buy Slovenian exports. A few months ago, when Slovenia was still too short sighted to see, Serbia already began to base its politics on the internal tensions existing in the EC. Now our interests are already close to the Serbian, while each of the two republics is counting on different allies. It seems that the EC as a whole can only function as a sort of a present day Holy Alliance, with a very large internal moment of inertia, precluding a more selective approach in a crisis of a Yugoslav type. The political philosophy of a Van den Broek is not up to Yugoslav problems, unless all the actors are reduced to a common denominator what leads to unselectively applied sanctions.

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