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Slovenia wants to take post-arbitration border dispute to EU

July 20, 2017

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia says it will inform the European Commission about what it views as border violations by Croatia following an international arbitration ruling in a territorial dispute.

Croatia does not recognize the decision by a Netherlands-based international panel and has refused to implement it. Slovenia insists the decision is final.

The ruling in June granted Slovenia unhindered access to the Adriatic Sea and ruled on several other disputed border issues stemming from the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

It envisages that most of the Piran Bay between the two countries belongs to Slovenia. But Slovenia says Croatia behaves as if the border still runs in the middle of the bay.

Prime Minister Miro Cerar said Thursday Slovenia seeks to reach an agreement with Croatia to implement the ruling.

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