The Slovenia Times

Pahor and Kosor Meet in Croatia


Kosor told the press that a new meeting as part of the Brdo process of cooperation among Western Balkan countries is scheduled to take place in September and feature all participants from the first meeting in Slovenia's Brdo pri Kranju in March 2010.

This is an initiative for reconciliation in this part of Europe following the challenges of the war in the first half of 1990s, which aims at solving a majority of open issues before the continuation of the EU accession process of countries of SE Europe, Pahor added.

According to him, cooperation between Slovenia and Croatia, the solution of the border dispute in particular, "has become a reference in the international politics for solving the most complicated issues." Pahor added that a special emphasis would be put on the Brdo process.

Kosor said that now when it had wrapped up EU accession talks, Croatia could actively help its neighbours from the European southeast on the same path, together with Slovenia.

Mutual trust and respect was a key for solving the border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia, which had been on the table for 18 years, she assessed, thanking the Slovenian government and president for support during Croatia's EU accession talks.

Kosor also pointed to Pahor's announcement that Slovenia will be among the fist EU members to ratify Croatia's EU accession treaty.

Pahor also met Austrian FM Michael Spindelegger, with the officials agreeing that changes to the Austrian act on national communities were a step forward in bilateral relations. The pair also stressed that reforms are the key for solving the Greek crisis and ensuring stability of the euro.

The Slovenian PM further met his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Gruevski and US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, who congratulated Pahor on the 20th anniversary of Slovenia's independence.

Pahor presented to Burns Slovenia's measures for fighting the economic crisis, with the US official hailing the reform efforts of the Slovenian government. They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan and exchanged opinions on Libya and the Middle East.

After speaking at the opening of the summit on Friday, Pahor met Israeli Parliamentary Speaker Reuven Rivlin, with the officials discussing primarily the situation in the Middle East.

Pahor and Rivlin agreed that the Middle East peace process had to be continued with the re-launch of direct negotiations, which are the only way to reach lasting peace and establish a Palestinian state, the prime minister's office said.


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