Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec called an urgent session of the National Security Council due to alleged activity by the Croatian Security Intelligence Agency in Slovenia. The Croatian ambassador was invited to the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for talks while the Slovenian ambassador to Croatia was called to Ljubljana for consultations. The Croatian government has refuted all allegations from Slovenia.
After Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec expressed concern over Croatian behavior, because the Croatian Security intelligence Agency allegedly eavesdropped the former Slovenian arbiter in the border arbitration process, Jernej Sekolec and Slovenian official Simona Drenik in order to discredit the arbitration process, the story further escalated on Monday by when POP-TV claimed that a Croatian government intermediary, Ivan Tolj, the head of Styria in Croatia, attempted to halt the broadcast of a report on wiretapping.
Because of this the Party of Social Democrats, one of the members of the governing coalition, requested an urgent session of the Slovenian National Security Council, which Šarec called.
“We decisively and in entirety reject all allegations on any attempts by the Croatian government to influence the Slovenian media,” said the Croatian government on the issue.
“As we have previously stated, the Security Intelligence Agency does not comment media speculations, but we inform you that articles published by 24ur regarding the Security intelligence Agency are false and tendentious constructions. It is a continuation of a media campaign by certain media in Bosnia and Herzegovina that were intended to compromise the Security Intelligence Agency in the Republic of Croatia with false accusations of recruiting Salafists for weapons smuggling in Bosnia and Herzegovina and illegal actions by the Security Intelligence Agency against a neighboring country,” said the response by the Security intelligence Agency.
The general consensus among Croatian politicians is that the accusations are a result of Slovenia not being able to accept that they contaminated the border arbitration process with Croatia and it fell through as a result.
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