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For dialogue, the rule of law and implementation of the ruling

14.07.2017

Slovenia insists on dialog with Croatia and implementation Photo: Bor Slana/STA
Two weeks after the announcement of the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal regarding the border between Slovenia and Croatia, the prime ministers of the two countries, Miro Cerar and Andrej Plenković, held a first official meeting in Ljubljana. "I wish to make it clear that the border between the two countries has now been defined and that Slovenia will insist on implementation of the ruling,” stated Slovenian Prime Minister Cerar after the meeting with his Croatian counterpart.

Despite the fact that the two prime ministers came to the meeting with opposing viewpoints, Slovenia is prepared to move ahead for implementation of the ruling, and in this process will strive for dialogue with Croatia. The joint talks regarding implementation of the Tribunal’s Final Award may serve as an opportunity for strengthening mutual trust, and may also signal progress in resolving principally the practical issues of people living on either side of the border.

The ruling and its implementation, along with the talks between neighbouring countries regarding this, also met with a response at the European Summit on the Western Balkans in Trieste, which was attended by the leaders of 12 countries, including Prime Minister Miro Cerar. At the meeting, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of the rule of law and respect for the rulings of international courts, with numerous participants of that meeting indicating their agreement.

The arbitration ruling on the border between Slovenia and its southern neighbour indeed offers a model for peaceful and reasoned resolving of contentious issues, something that is not just important for Croatia and Slovenia but also for the wider region of the Western Balkans and Europe, as well as for the international community as a whole.

At informal talks in Trieste, Prime Minister Cerar obtained assurances of support in fulfilling the arbitration ruling. Slovenia has also received clear messages of support for bilateral implementation from numerous other European countries. This week Slovenia has gained the support of Hungary, and before it the European Commission, Germany, France, Austria and the Benelux countries.

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