Croatia Explains to UN Members Its Position Regarding Arbitration Dispute with Slovenia

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Croatia says it is ready for a bilateral solution with Slovenia.

Croatia sent an explanation to members of the United Nations in which it presented its position about the irreversibly compromised arbitration proceedings with Slovenia and expressed its willingness to resolve the border dispute in a bilateral way, announced the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, reports on March 17, 2016.

“As is well-known, with its actions Slovenia has caused irreparable harm to the arbitration proceedings, and to the credibility and independence of the Court of Arbitration. It violated the Arbitration Agreement, whose goal and purpose can no longer be achieved”, the statement says.

Therefore, Croatia expects that the Arbitration Court will “without delay end its work” due to proceedings being irreversibly compromised and corrupted.

For such a decision, the Arbitration Court has sufficient information which has been delivered by Croatia immediately after the discovery of illegal and unethical actions by Slovenia, says the Ministry in the statement.

“Croatia has made clear that it is willing, in the spirit of good neighbourly relations and in accordance with international law, to solve the border dispute with Slovenia in bilateral negotiations”, said the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration based in The Hague announced on Monday that it had convened for 17 March a new oral hearing in connection with the Croatian-Slovenian dispute about the land and sea border. Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovač stressed on the same day that Croatia had left the arbitration proceedings, that it was no longer a party to the proceedings and that therefore it will not respond to the summons.


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