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Austrian and Dutch prime ministers concerned about Croatia – Slovenia dispute

By  Jan 02, 2018

The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte have expressed their concern about the border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia, reported the Slovenian Press Agency (STA).

At the press conference held after the meeting with his Dutch counterpart, Kurz commented that he was very unhappy due to the situation in the neighbouring country of Slovenia and that he would like to ‘’contribute positively to the resolving of the conflict’’.

The Dutch Prime Minister Rutte also expressed his willingness to help resolve this issue.

Just to remind you, following a series of unsuccessful attempts to resolve the dispute over their land and maritime boundary, Slovenia and Croatia, with the facilitation of the European Commission, signed an arbitration agreement on the 4th of November 2009 on establishing an arbitral tribunal tasked to determine; the course of the maritime and land border between the two countries, Slovenia’s junction to the sea, and the regime for the use of the relevant maritime areas.

On the 29th of July 2017, the Arbitral Tribunal reached the decision about the border between Croatia and Slovenia. However, Croatia have not recognized and accepted the arbitral ruling because it withdrew from the arbitration process in 2015, which considers contaminated and compromised, whilst Slovenia insists on its implementation.