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Croatia: Slovenia

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to assist in the resolution of the boundary disputes between Croatia and Slovenia. (253751)

We continue to encourage the two countries to resolve this issue bilaterally. We do not believe that this issue should hold up progress of accession negotiations between the EU and Croatia.

I raised the issue with the Government of Croatia during my visit to Zagreb on 6-7 November 2008.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister raised the issue with Slovenian Prime Minister Pahor on 5 February 2009.

We welcome the recent initiative from Commissioner Rehn to set up a group of wise men to facilitate dialogue between the two sides.