Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Trade in Slovene Istrabenz halted for debt talks

"The Ljubljana Stock Exchange said on Tuesday it had suspended trade in energy and tourism group Istrabenz ITBG.LJ pending the outcome of debt talks with its creditors.

The Exchange said Istrabenz itself had requested the suspension following media reports regarding talks with creditors 'and the future fate of Istrabenz'. Istrabenz said it was in talks with banks but declined any further comment.

The bourse said Istrabenz which has market capitalisation of 49.7 million euros was expected to announce details of its talks with bank creditors on March 30. It said the suspension was expected to be lifted on March 31."

Source: Reuters

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Slovenia seeks delay of EU accession conference with Croatia

"Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar on Monday (March 16th) called for the postponement of the EU accession conference with Croatia, scheduled for March 27th. According to Zbogar, Slovenian and Croatian officials will not reach a deal on mediating their border dispute by the end of the month. Slovenia blocked Croatia's EU accession talks last year over fears that Zagreb's entry may influence the outcome of their years-long border dispute."


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Slovenia: Hundreds of corpses found in WW2 mine

"Slovenian authorities have found the mummified remains of several hundred people believed to date from World War II in a disused mine. State prosecutor Barbara Brezigar told Slovenian television on Thursday that up to 300 corpses were discovered in a deserted mine near Lasko, in central Slovenia.

“What I have seen is the most horrendous thing that a person can see in a lifetime,” Brezigar said.

Andrija Valic, an investigator from Slovenia's Centre for National Reconciliation, said it would be difficult to identify the victims discovered in the mine before the investigation was completed.

But he said he was confident the massacre had been carried out by the communist partisans of late Yugoslav president Josip Broz Tito.

Tito’s partisans reportedly killed thousands of Croat and Slovenian soldiers at the end of World War II who had collaborated with Nazi occupiers and were withdrawing with German forces in 1945."

Source: - Adnkronos Security