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Peterle on visit to Switzerland

Bern, 29 November - Slovene Prime Minister Lojze Peterle, who is currently on an official visit to Switzerland, met this afternoon in Bern with the Swiss Foreign Minister Rene Felber. Peterle acquainted his host with the current situation in Slovenia and stressed the need for the speedy international recognition of Slovenia. Prime Minister Peterle also asked the Swiss government's support of Slovenia's efforts to gain independence in all international organizations and of Slovenia's efforts for cooperation with the EFTA. Rene Felber assured him that Switzerland would be among the first countries to grant Slovenia recognition, but that the circle of these countries has yet to grow wider, as Switzerland will not accompany only Germany and Austria in recognizing the republic. Foreign Minister Felber said optimistically that in his opinion, the recognition of Slovenia was only a matter of a few weeks now, but also stressed that only the simultaneous recognition of both Slovenia and Croatia could be considered. Concerning the EFTA, Felber, who had recently been appointed President of the European Council, assured the Prime Minister that this organization would send a special committee to Slovenia to assess the current situation and the possibilities of the republic's membership. At the conclusion of the meeting, Minister Felber assured Premier Peterle that he would intercede on behalf of Slovenia's being invited to the parliamentary part of the session of the European Council.

© STA, 1991