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Croatian prime Minister Andrej Plenković once again expressed doubts about solving this matter in court. Foto: BoBo

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Erjavec: Our lawsuit against Croatia is ready; we can file it at any time

21. June 2018 ob 17:38
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

After a meeting with the newly-elected parliamentary parties on Wednesday, the government has decided to wait a while with its lawsuit against Croatia over that country’s refusal to honor the arbitration agreement.

There is a general consensus that the matter should be discussed by the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee that has yet to be formed in the wake of the election. The cabinet was notified about the contents of the lawsuit earlier today. Even though he had never held back when he was asked to discuss the arbitration case, Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec has stepped away from the media spotlight over the past few days. Today, he broke his silence and voiced his support for the agreed-upon course of action.

During yesterday’s discussions among parliamentary parties, Cerar’s close associates maintained that nothing could weaken their determination to decide about the lawsuit at today’s meeting. But that’s precisely what happened. It raises a question of how serious Cerar was on Monday, when he announced a quick decision about the lawsuit, and how could he, a lawyer, have forgotten his commitment to have the issue taken up by the Foreign Affairs Committee. The diplomat-in-chief had a diplomatic response: “Look, the lawsuit will be filed, but it’s right that the MPs who will be in charge of Slovenia’s foreign policy are made aware of the various elements that make up the lawsuit. This is the only way we can ensure the transparency of the process.”

Minister Erjavec did not want to see any delays involving the lawsuit, which has already been drafted and is merely awaiting a few minor corrections. “In part, I didn’t want to see speculation about Slovenia’s delay, which could imply professional or political reluctance.”

Meanwhile, Croatian prime Minister Andrej Plenković once again expressed doubts about solving this matter in court. He said that bilateral negotiations would be more appropriate, and he plans to propose this approach to the Slovenian government.

Luka Robida, Radio Slovenia; translated by J. B.
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