Friday, April 11, 2008

Slovenia & Kosovo Formalise Relations

"Kosovo and Slovenia have officially announced that diplomatic ties between two countries have been established.

Through a joint statement signed by Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci and Slovenia’s Foreign Minister, Dimitrij Rupel, the two countries announced the start of relations.

“We have decided to establish diplomatic relations at the level of ambassadors,” a Kosovo government release says.

Both countries claim that establishing diplomatic relations is based on international principles and conventions."


Rupel Blasts Former President's Views on Kosovo

"Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel on Tuesday rejected the first Slovenian president's criticism of the EU's Kosovo policy. Rupel linked Kosovo's declaration of independence to Slovenia's 17 years ago in an op-ed that appeared the daily newspaper Delo.

Former President Milan Kucan criticised the international community over Kosovo last week, saying it had shown disregard for the principle that unilateral moves should not be allowed to alter state borders.

Rupel responded to this claim by noting that the Badinter arbitration commission ruled in 1991, without the endorsement of the federal government, that parts of Yugoslavia had the right to found their own states.

The minister argued that the ruling also applies to Kosovo and Vojvodina, provinces that in the former Yugoslavia had a status similar to that of the six republics that subsequently became independent states. Kosovo and Vojvodina were also members of the Yugoslav presidency, which Rupel said was a further proof of their equal status within the federation."

Source: Slovenian Press Agency

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

EU-US summit to take place in Slovenia in June

"US President George W Bush is expected to attend a June summit in Slovenia between the European Union and the United States, sources in Brussels confirmed Tuesday. The summit will take place in Brdo, an estate near the capital Ljubljana where the Slovenian rotating presidency of the EU has been hosting EU meetings.

Presidency sources in Brussels said the summit would take place in the first half of June, but could not officially confirm Slovenian reports that it would be held on June 9-10.

EU-US summits are usually held once a year, alternatively in Europe or in the United States. The last such meeting took place in Washington, in the spring of 2007."

Source: DPA

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Slovenia backs Brazil as permanent member of UNSC

"Slovenia supports Brazil's entry as a permanent member of a reformed UN Security Council, said a joint statement issued by Brazil's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met with his Slovenian counterpart Danilo Turk on Wednesday, according to the joint statement.

'Both presidents agreed on the need to reform the United Nations system, in particular the Security Council, in order to give it more transparency and legitimacy and to reflect the changes occurred in the international order in the last half century,' said the statement."

Source: Xinhua