The Minister of foreign Affairs of Slovenia and Croatia threatened to court over territorial dispute

© Fotolia / kastoПанорама Ljubljana, Slovenia. Archival photoThe Minister of foreign Affairs of Slovenia and Croatia threatened to court over territorial dispute© Fotolia / kasto

Slovenia is preparing a lawsuit in the court of the European Union and is planning a number of other measures against Croatia in compliance with that country’s arbitration ruling on the territorial dispute, said the head of the Slovenian foreign Minister Karl Erjavec.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Slovenia reacted to the presence on Saturday, in his opinion, Slovenian the waters of Piran Bay in the Adriatic sea three Croatian fishing boats accompanied by Croatian police boats. And Slovenia and Croatia believe that part of the sea to your. In Ljubljana, refer to the definition of International arbitration in the Hague, which at the end of June ruled that the disputed sections of the border of the two countries on land and on water. The verdict came into force on Saturday. Croatia categorically rejects this decision and is not going to execute it, as previously withdrew from the arbitration.

«Croatian police violates Slovenian sovereignty. It is unacceptable that foreign governmental authority undertook certain actions in our sea without permission», — quotes the statement Erjavec, the Croatian Agency Hina. Previously, Slovenia had promised to prescribe penalties Croatian fishermen traditionally fished in the Bay of Piran, so the Croatian police on Saturday escorted them to the middle of the waters, that the Slovenian police have recorded the incident.

According to Erjavec, Slovenia such cases registers and preparing for a possible lawsuit against Croatia to the court of the European Union to prove that Croatia does not comply with European and international law, as the decision of the arbitration court. «To claim we have a lot of material,» said the Minister.

Erjavec also said that Slovenia will not consent to the entry of Croatia into the Schengen area and the Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD), if Zagreb does not recognize and will not apply the decision of the arbitration court.

Croatia joined the European Union in 2013 and is the youngest member of the organization. At the same time, this former Yugoslav Republic is not included neither in the Eurozone nor the Schengen agreement, nor in the OECD. The Croatian government called the approach to membership in these unions foreign policy priority for 2018.

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