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Annual Review of Slovenian Foreign Affairs

Ljubljana, 10 December - Slovenia celebrated the completion of two multi-year projects in 2004. By becoming a member of NATO in April and an EU member a month later, the country fulfilled two of its key foreign policy priorities dating back to its independence in 1991. Slovenian officials in turn had their hands full handling the duties that come with full-fledged membership in the two organisations. Other highlights this year included Slovenia's presidency of the Central European Initiative (CEI), which culminated with November's summit in Portoroz. Slovenia also spent the year getting ready for the presidency of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which it will assume next year. Moreover, Slovenian diplomats were busy sorting out relations with neighbour Croatia. As in previous years, the disputed border between the countries was the scene of a number of incidents. Tensions reached a peak in late September when Croatian police used force to arrest two Slovenian lawmakers in a disputed border strip. Croatian officials used the incidents to step up their calls for arbitration on the border. Slovenian officials, meanwhile, called for better dialogue and the need for the two countries to steer clear of incidents on the border, while saying arbitration was a last resort.

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