19:34 / 24.09.2017.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Erjavec expects pressure from the EU on Croatia after Plenković's speech at the UN

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec. (Photo: HRT)

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec. (Photo: HRT)

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Slovene Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec has said that he expects strong pressure from the European Commission (EC) on Croatia after Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's speech at the UN in which he accused Slovenia of not respecting international law.

Slovene Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec has said that he expects strong pressure from the European Commission (EC) on Croatia after Prime Minister Andrej Plenković's speech at the UN in which he accused Slovenia of not respecting international law.

Addressing the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Plenković said that Croatia had no choice but to exit the arbitration agreement on the border with Slovenia; that Slovenia compromised and warned that such disrespect for international law discourages other states from resolving disputes with the assistance of a third party.

The Slovenian minister said that after Plenković's speech „it is clear to every Slovenian that dialogue with Croatia is not possible“.

„The arbitration agreement was signed under the patronage of the EU. EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans has offered his assistance if an agreement cannot be reached with Croatia on the implementation of the arbitration ruling. I think our next step will be to inform him of what happened in New York“, said Erjavec in an interview with Slovenian RTV television. He added that the EC has a series of instruments that can convince a country that does not respect the rule of law to act differently. „We know what the EU is doing in regard to Poland due to judicial reforms being conducted by their government. The EU can freeze European funds for such states. However, I believe that in the case of Croatia a sharp phone call to Zagreb will be enough“, said Erjavec.

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