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11.01.2009 12:52
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Croatian Daily: Sanader Rejects Bilateral Meeting with Pahor

Ljubljana, 11 January (STA) - The Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor and his Croatian counterpart Ivo Sanader will not meet any time soon, Croatian daily Jutarnji list writes on Sunday. Sanader turned down Pahor's invitation for a bilateral meeting, insisting that they be joined by EU representatives, while Pahor objects that a third party be present.

Pahor invited Sanader to sit down after Slovenia blocked Croatia's EU accession talks in December, because it believes the neighbour has submitted documentation predetermining the disputed border between the countries as part of the negotiating process.

According to the daily, the European Commission does not object Sanader's demand for EU representatives to join the meeting. Sanader replied to Pahor's invitation through a government official, who delivered the answer to Slovenia's ambassador in Zagreb.

Jutarnji list is also sceptical that the next meeting of one of the two existing mixed Slovenian and Croatian commissions, which is to take place end of January, would deliver any conclusions, which could speed up the eventual decision to let a third party resolve the border issue.

Jutarnji list comments that it would be interesting to see whether the Slovenian parliamentary foreign policy committee will support Croatia's NATO membership end of this month.

The daily notes the US have warned Slovenia several times that Croatia's membership in NATO was high on the list of their priorities.

11.01.2009 12:52

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