Slovenia, Croatia to Sign Border Deal

The Croatian and Slovenian governments have confirmed that their leaders will sign an arbitration agreement in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Jadranka Kosor and her Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor both made seperate statements confirming they will sign on Tuesday.

The Croatian parliament Monday afternoon voted to allow Kosor sign the border deal with Slovenia that will unblock the country’s EU accession talks.

The two countries failed for years to resolve their dispute concerning their Adriatic border, which was left unmarked since the 1991 breakup of Yugoslavia, and prompted EU member Slovenia to block Croatia’s EU talks this year.

The two countries have called for international arbitration to help them draw the border and a draft deal was reached, prompting Slovenia to lift its blockade and allow Croatia to resume its accession talks on 2 October.

Kosor has faced considerable opposition at home from nationalist and left wing parties who see the deal as a move to undermine Croatia’s interests. Fishermen in the norther Adriatic also bitterly oppose the deal and have announced a protest for Saturday.

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