Slovenia urges a prompt start of negotiations on communal estate partitioning

Ljubljana, 16 January - As Yugoslavia was constituted through consensual unification of free nations after WW1 as well as after WW2, thus all the questions concerning the partitioning of the communal property should be resolved on the basis of equal rights for all the parties involved, stated the President of the Presidency, Mr. Milan Kučan. At a press conference following the international recognition of Slovenia, staged by the Minister of Information, Mr. Jelko Kacin, and attended by the President of the Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Milan Kučan, the President of the Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. France Bučar, the President of the Executive Council of the Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Lojze Peterle, and the Slovenian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Dimitrij Rupel, the representatives of the Slovenian authorities set the meaning of the international recognition of Slovenia into broader perspective. Mr. Kučan stressed that the international recognition enables Slovenia to enter the relevant international organizations and institutions, explicitly mentioning ECSC, UNO, European Council and other international establishments and fundations. Slovenia proved to the outside world that it is a safe country and could thus expect the inflow of foreign investments that would give support to the Slovenian economy. It was stressed at the press conference that Slovenia will do its most to be diplomatically recognized also by the United States, as it is this recognition that will enable Slovenia to accomplish a number of urgent strategies, as for instance to become a full member of the UNO and the International Monetary Fund. The diplomatic recognition on the part of Canada does in certain respects forecast the recognition by the US. Slovenia is shortly due to establish diplomatic relations with Croatia, regarding the other republics of the former Yugoslavia the Slovenian initiative evoked a positive response on the part of Macedonia, while Bosnia and Herzegowina as yet remained silent on the matter. Slovenia intends to participate in the peace process and is ready to cooperate with all the republics, the relations with them being the same as the relations with all the other foreign states. According to Mr. Kučan the cooperation of Slovenia at the Hague Peace Conference should be fostered primarily in the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on Minorities, while special attention should be given to enable a prompt start of the working party, that will address the questions of material and legal successorship.

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