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Croatia, Slovenia still divided by border

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Croatia, Slovenia still divided by border


No result has come out of a meeting between Slovenia and Croatia’s leaders as they continue to negotiate in a long-running border dispute. EU member Slovenia remains opposed to EU candidate Croatia continuing its EU entry process until the matter is settled.

The argument over the sea border and the ownership of some villages has been going on ever since the neighbour states were born out of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Slovenia was left with its territorial waters hemmed in by those of Italy and Croatia. Since 1991 the Slovenes have been demanding an access corridor to international waters. Previous governments reached a deal but Croatia’s parliament would not ratify it. There has been increasing talk of putting the whole thing before the International Court of Justice. In the meantime, Croatia is looking at its hopes to become the EU bloc’s 28th member in 2011 recede into the future. Historically dominated by its neighbour, now Slovenia has the upper hand, though one of its newspapers recently published a survey showing that seven out of ten Slovenes were in favour of Croatia’s entry into the EU. The conditions remain to be ironed out.

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