POLITICAL INFLUENCE

FEBRUARY 8 2007 12:03h

Delo: It Is All Croatia’s Doing

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Almost half of Slovenes are prepared to cancel their holidays in Croatia and the Delo daily is not helping in defusing tensions.

As many as 43 percent of those questioned in a Slovenia’s RTV survey are prepared to cancel their Croatian holidays. Twenty-nine percent do not want to give up on vacationing in Croatia because of tensions between the two countries and 24 percent said they never spent their holidays in Croatia anyway. 

Agreement violation 

Ljubljana’s Delo daily writes that in granting the Ina oil company the extension on the concession in the Adriatic, the Croatian government should have known about Slovenia’s opposition. As proof, Delo published allegedly original maps showing that Croatia had expanded its concession area into the Piran bay.

The Slovene daily asked for the redefining of the sea border, which is in opposition to an agreement reached by Croatia and Slovenia in June 2005.

Both sides had in 2005 committed themselves to respect the situation of June 1991 until the final agreement on the border, Vecernji list writes.

We are not against arbitration 

-- This is all Croatia’s doing – the daily close to the Slovene government writes, reiterating Premier Rupel’s statement that they were not refusing international arbitration, but were demanding that the true issue be defined.

The Croatian Foreign Ministry said that government decisions of January 5 did not include any maps.