Slovenia hands Croatia protest note over Savudrija Bay "incident"

The Slovenian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday responded to Croatia's protest notes over razor-wire fencing along the border and presented a protest note to Croatian Ambassador Vesna Terzic in Ljubljana because a Croatian police boat and a Croatian fisheries inspector's boat had entered a part of Savudrija Bay (Piran Bay) which Slovenia claims as its own territory.

Ambassador Terzic was received by the acting director-general of the Foreign Ministry's department for EU affairs, David Brozina, who pointed out that Ljubljana deems that the arbitration agreement on border demarcation is still in force, and proposed a meeting of the intergovernmental commission for cross-border traffic to tackle the burning issues.

Over past 45 days Croatia has forwarded eight protest notes to Ljubljana against the razor-wire fence being set up along the border and on Croatian territory in some areas.

Slovenia explains that the razor wire "is a temporary technical barrier" to improve the control of the Schengen border and prevent the uncontrolled influx of refugees across the so-called green border.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec has reassured Croatia on several occasions that this technical barrier along the frontier does not prejudge a solution to the border dispute.

On the other hand, the Slovenian protest note alleges that the Croatian police and fisheries inspector's boats entered Slovenia's territorial waters.

Slovenia also complained that in recent months Croatia had been taking certain measures against Slovenian fishermen in the contested waters.

Last update: Wed, 13/01/2016 - 21:04

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