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31.08.17

Slovenia has taken over the next batch of Archival Material of Former Yugoslavia

Vladimir Gasparič, Slovenian Ambassador to Serbia, on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia took possession of 60 treaties which had been deposited with the former SFRY and relate exclusively to the territory of the Republic of Slovenia. The handover took place today at the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. Along with the treaties, Slovenia took possession of the border documentation referring to the border with Italy, Austria and Hungary.

   

The Agreement on Succession Issues, which was signed in Vienna on 29 June 2001 by the successor states to the former SFRY, stipulates the method by which the archives of the former republics and the SFRY state archives are to be distributed among the successor states, and the conditions under which these archives become common heritage.

   

After the ceremonial handover of the first batch of archival material to Dr Ana Polak Petrič, High Representative of the Republic of Slovenia for Succession Issues, the talks with the Serbian officials continued. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia started preparing the next batch of the material and reviewing the vast former Yugoslav archival fonds together with experts from the Slovenian foreign ministry. 

Successful cooperation led to today's handover of treaties to which the former SFRY had been party and which relate exclusively to the territory or institutions of the Republic of Slovenia (the so-called localised treaties). According to Annex D of the Agreement on Succession Issues, all localised treaties pass to particular former SFRY republics, including the Treaty between the SFRY and the Republic of Austria on the Common State Border (8 April 1965), the Convention between the Federal Executive Council of the Assembly of the SFRY and the Government of the Italian Republic on the Maintenance of the State Border (29 October 1980), and the Treaty signed by the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, namely the Convention on the Systematisation of the Property Interests of the Former Provinces of Carniola, Gorizia and Gradisca, the Legal Entities of Public Law Exercising Their Functions in the Territories of these Provinces and the Use Rights Relating to these Provinces (18 July 1939).

   

Together with the treaties, Slovenia took possession of the border documentation referring to the border with Italy (land border), Hungary (Zone A) and Austria, also containing land surveying and topographic data as well as maps.

   

With today's handover, Slovenia took possession of the majority of the localised treaties apportioned to it under Annex D of the Agreement on Succession Issues. However, the work of the High Representative for Succession Issues, Foreign Ministry, Embassies and experts on the former SFRY archives continues. Treaties are of utmost importance for successor states' identity and exercise of their sovereignty, but represent only a part of the enormous archival mosaic of the former common state. Slovenia will therefore continue its efforts for the archival material apportioned to it under Annex D of the Agreement to find its proper place in the archives of Slovenian institutions as soon as possible.


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