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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Slovenia wants to blackmail Croatia

The Süddeutsche Zeitung comments on the border dispute between the EU member state Slovenia and the accession candidate Croatia: "What we are seeing now is a bagatelle in comparison to the bloody conflicts in the region in the 1990s. Nevertheless Slovenia's Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar spoke in a belligerent tone of national resistance at a meeting on Monday with his EU colleagues. Ljubljana is pressing for access to international waters, and claiming almost the entire Bay of Piran in the Adriatic Sea. This does not comply with international law. According to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, borders in bays are determined by drawing a line from cape to cape and then splitting it down the middle. The Slovenian government will hear nothing of such a solution. It is abusing its veto right in the EU to blackmail Croatia. Behind this attitude lies the fear that Slovenia's influence in Southeast Europe could disappear with Croatia's accession. However the conflict endangers not only Croatia's prospects of EU accession, but also the reforms in other Baltic states who are slowly losing all hope of the promised European perspective."

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