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Eu/croatia/slovenia : Presidency Trio Backs Rehn's Mediation Efforts

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/croatia/slovenia : Presidency Trio Backs Rehn's Mediation Efforts

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Following the strong support received from March informal meeting of the EU's foreign ministers in the Czech Republic for his initiative to mediate in the border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia, Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn has now received backing from the trio of EU Presidencies. Speaking on behalf of the Czech Republic and the two other members of troika - France, the former EU Presidency, and Sweden, which will take over after Prague - Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra said that the troika supported Rehn's efforts to solve the dispute and thus facilitate the resumption of Zagreb's EU accession negotiations and that he expected results at the next intergovernmental accession conference with Croatia, set for 24 April.

The statement followed a special meeting convened by Rehn, on 1 April. Irritated by the slow progress in talks between Croatia and Slovenia on their dispute, Rehn has asked the EU troika for consultation. After four rounds, the talks are still in a preparatory phase', with both parties squabbling over the modalities of the EU's mediation. The main bone of contention is the basis on which a future settlement could be reached. Slovenia insists that the mediation should be based inter alia on the principle of equity, which requires that the practical considerations of the dispute need to be taken into account, ensuring that fairness and equitability are placed ahead of the strict application of the law. Zagreb opposes this and favours instead a two-step approach: a political agreement with Slovenia to be reached through EU-led mediation followed by a final decision on the border demarcation taken by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. …

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