Slovenia says is is ready to lift its veto on neighbour Croatia’s European Union accession talks. This comes after both countries’ prime ministers agreed on how to solve an 18-year old border dispute.
Meeting in Ljubliana, Slovenia’s Borut Pahor told his Croatian counterpart Jadranka Kosor work on removing constraints would begin immediately. Croatia’s EU talks have been on hold for almost 10 months. Kosor took over from Ivo Sanader in July. Now Croatia hopes to make swift progress in several negotiating chapters with the EU. It is a paperwork solution — an agreement that no documents used in the EU talks will prejudge the land and sea border outcome. The dispute dates from the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. The two prime ministers said negotiations on the border would now continue with international mediation, but they did not go into detail.