SEPTEMBER 27 2012 21:12h
NEW YORK, Sept 27 (Hina) - Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said in New York on Thursday she did not understand what Slovenia, expressing its dissatisfaction during talks on the issue of former Ljubljanska Banka's debt to Croatian depositors, actually wanted.
Pusic was commenting on Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec's statement that Croatia was constantly changing positions on Ljubljanska Banka and that this did not make him optimistic that a solution would be found.
Pusic told reporters Croatia had a consistent position on the matter and that she did not understand what had happened to Slovenia. She recalled that the appointment of a Croatian and a Slovenian financial expert on the matter was agreed in the summer, that they met twice and would do so again next week.
In the middle of this, Slovenia and Erjavec have suddenly concluded that they don't want to listen to the experts' opinion but set an ultimatum to abandon any process related to Ljubljanska Banka's debt. Slovenia agreed to one solution, then abandoned it, then disowned its own negotiator and I don't understand what its goal is and what one wants here and we'll have to wait and see what it wants, Pusic said.
Pusic said she could not understand if Slovenia perhaps thought it had made a mistake with the appointment of its financial expert, adding that its changes of position were inappropriate.
She reiterated that Croatia wanted to solve the Ljubljanska Banka issue and reiterated that this issue and the ratification of Croatia's European Union Accession Treaty were in no way related.
The Slovenian side must agree on what it wants, said Pusic.