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PM: 'Croatia is the one calling for dialogue the whole time'

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic stated on Thursday that it is best if Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar sticks by his country’s agreement and comes to Zagreb for talks on the disputed border arbitration. The talks were cancelled in late September after Plenkovic criticized Slovenia for disrespecting international law in an address at the UN Security Council, reported sources.

The PM, who attended a two-day summit of EU leaders, said that "Croatia is the one calling for dialogue the whole time.”  

"I believe that it would be fair for Mr Cerar to visit Zagreb because that is what we agreed. I visited Ljubljana right at the start of the summer and we agreed that he would visit Zagreb, which was also the purpose of the letter I have sent him," Plenkovic told reporters in Brussels.

Cerar cancelled the previously arranged meeting with Plenkovic in Zagreb after in his speech at the UN; Plenkovic once again rejected the arbitration ruling in the two countries' border dispute and accused Ljubljana of violating international law.

Croatia refuses to recognize the border ruling of an ad hoc international arbitral tribunal because Slovenian officials unlawfully communicated with its judges and inserted documents based on which The Hague-based tribunal made its ruling two months ago.

Slovenia, on the other hand, claims that the arbitration ruling should be implemented and refuses Zagreb's offer to resolve the dispute anew, through bilateral talks.

Prior to the EU summit, Plenkovic met with European People's Party head Joseph Daul. He was expected to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker later in the day as well.

Plenkovic stated he would discuss with Juncker issues of vital importance for Croatia, such as the continuation of the Peljesac Bridge project and relations with Slovenia.

The EU summit focused on migrations, digital agenda, foreign policy issues and a leaders' agenda, prepared by European Council President Donald Tusk and containing a list of priorities of the European Council in the period until mid-2019.