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Croatia to agree to international mediation for border dispute | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 05.05.2009
Croatia has taken another step towards EU membership by accepting a proposed arbitration body to settle a longstanding border row with Slovenia. 

Croatian President Stipe Mesic announced that his country would allow an international arbitration panel to determine its land and sea border with Slovenia, a proposal put forward by European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.

"We have harmonized our views...we are accepting the new proposal," Mesic said, after meeting with Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, cabinet ministers and the heads of the main political parties.

Croatia and Slovenia have disagreed on the border at the coastal town of Piran and access to the Adriatic Sea since the two countries declared their independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991.

by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:59:29 PM EST
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