The Slovenia Times

President Pahor meets Carinthia governor over Slovenian minority


Slovenia and Austria have been recently involved in a controversy over whether the Slovenian minority would be mentioned in Carinthia's new constitution.

While the latest draft mentions the minority, it sets down only German as the official language in the province.

The minority representatives told Pahor today there was no doubt about Kaiser's good intentions to solve the problem.

However, the draft which mentions only the German language is unacceptable for the minority, Pahor said in a statement after their meeting.

Both the president and the minority expressed a hope that a compromise acceptable for the minority would be reached in dialogue.

In line with its obligations to the minority and with the minority's wishes, Slovenia will help in the search of the compromise, if necessary, said Pahor.

The president also said that his meeting with Kaiser was held in the same spirit.

He added that it was Slovenia, Carinthia and Austria's strategic interest to be good neighbours and resolve all open issues to the benefit of both communities.

Pahor was in Klagenfurt to attend a concert with which the Christian Cultural Association paid tribute to Slovenian poet Milka Hartman (1902-1997).


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