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Slovenia answers the European Community

Ljubljana, 19 December - "The letter of Van der Broek was addressed to me personally, but the answer will be given in the name of Slovenia", thus answered the Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Dimitrij Rupel, the question addressed to him by the President of the Council of Ministers of the European Community regarding the recognition of the Republics on the today's session of the Parliamentary Commission on International Relations. The session was attended also by the President of the Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Milan Kučan, who added, that according to Lord Carrington many states, not just those of the EC, are awaiting the Slovenian response to the letter of Van der Broek. The answer of the Republic of Slovenia was drafted yesterday by a group of experts on international law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The letter is clear regarding the issue that Slovenia is willing to acquire the international recognition and fulfills all the conditions set forth at the Brussels summit of the EC. The letter will be accompanied by an introduction by Dr. Rupel pointing out to the addressees that the answer was discussed by the Presidency of the Republic of SLovenia, the Executive Council and the Parliamentary Commission on International Relations. The session of the Commission was attended by the leaders of the Clubs of the Representatives that, some unessential revisions of the original draft of the letter apart, unanimously endorsed the text. The President Kučan and Lord Carrington addressed questions regarding the successorship of Yugoslavia at their yesterday meeting in Graz. The British diplomat was informed that the Republic of Slovenia is already preparing a proposal on the questions regarding the successorship of Yugoslavia that should be later scrutinized by groups of experts, while the unsettled issues should be decided upon by the Arbitratory Commission chaired by Mr. Robert Badinter. The cooperation with the Arbitratory Commission has been successful according to Mr. Kučan, while presently it expressed its wish to obtain the standpoints of the Republic of Slovenia regarding the inner borders in Yugoslavia. The Minister Dr. Rupel reported on the talks with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of some of the European states. He pointed out the talk with the Minister Joao de Deus Pinheiro, who informed him that Portugal is interested in the Slovenian representative in Lisbona, mentioning specifically the name of Mr. Štefan Korošec. Regardless the well known financial difficulties of the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Commission backed at least a six month term for the Slovenian representative in Portugal, that will become the presiding member of the EC, starting January 1, 1992. The Commission also authorized the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the establishment of diplomatic relations with the countries of the UNO and Switzerland.

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