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PRESS REVIEW FROM SLOVENIA, MARCH 14, 1992

Ljubljana, 14 March - THE VEČER: SLOVENE NEUTRALITY - The reported violations of the cease-fire in Croatia on the part of the Yugoslav Army (YA) and the news of YA troops being disguised as Croatian Territorials, so that they will be able to remain at the front line unnoticed even after the arrival of the U.N. peace-keeping forces, are the two main reasons and justifications for the beginning of a new militarization of Slovenia. The concentration of military forces massing in Serbia and Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) is truly imposing and as it has already reached the stage where the soldiers in these regions are packed so close that they're almost running out of air to breathe, it is not at all difficult to recognize the threatening danger inherent in the situation, wrote Bojan Bauman. At this time, considering the power ratio among the forces of former Yugoslavia, it is hard to conceive a ready solution. In such a situation, Slovene neutrality could turn out to be a strategic mistake in the long run. The best we can do for our safety is to play an active part in the European integrational processes. Although Europe has often treated us as a wicked stepmother her child, it seems we simply have no choice, concluded the commentator.

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