Slovenia proposes joint body with Croatia to demarcate border: report

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-19 04:09:28|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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LJUBLJANA, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar has proposed that Slovenia and Croatia set up a joint commission to demarcate border, Slovenian media reported on Wednesday.

Cerar's proposal was conveyed in a letter he sent to his Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic on Monday, according to the Slovenian Press Agency (STA).

The joint commission would launch the demarcation of the border in line with the border arbitration award handed down by the arbitration tribunal in late June this year, Cerar proposed.

Croatia has refused the international award made by the Hague International Tribunal over a decades-old border dispute between the two countries.

Plenkovic reiterated his government's position on Wednesday before the Croatian parliament, saying the award is non-binding for Croatia.

The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled in June that much of an area of contested waters between Slovenia and Croatia should be awarded to Ljubljana, giving Slovenia direct access to international waters.

However, the ruling was rejected by Croatia, which withdrew from the arbitration process in July 2015 by invoking Article 60 of the Vienna Convention, which allows termination of an agreement in case of a grave breach.

Croatia withdrawn the arbitration, after media revealed alleged secret call records between a judge at the PCA and the Slovenian representative in the court about lobbying other judges to influence the outcome of the arbitration in Slovenia's favor.