Croatia, Slovenia prepare diplomatic notes on arbitration deal ratification.

By bne IntelliNews August 26, 2010
Croatia and Slovenia are working on the preparation of the diplomatic notes on the ratification of a bilateral border arbitration agreement. The procedure is expected to be finalised soon. Croatian foreign ministry spokesman Mario Dragun said that this was a standard procedure of exchanging diplomatic notes in order to complete and enact the arbitration agreement. We note that Slovenia held a referendum on the arbitration agreement on the border issue between Croatia and Slovenia on June 6 and the preliminary results showed that voters supported the deal. From the counted 99% votes, 51.48% were in favor of the agreement, while 48.52% were against it. About 1.7mn eligible voters had the opportunity to confirm or reject the deal already ratified by the parliaments of the two countries. The turnout was over 42.28%. The results of the referendum were crucial for the ratification of the agreement by the Slovene parliament. At end-April Slovenia's main opposition party SDS called for rejection of the arbitration agreement. The law on the arbitration agreement with Croatia was passed by parliament at its session on April 19, 2010.

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