Slovenia’s PM wants a parliamentary committee to cancel a planned session, called to discuss possible involvement of the army in a dispute with Croatia.

The initiators of the extraordinary session of the Slovenian Parliament’s Defense Committee convened it earlier, planning a closed-door discussion about the readiness of the Slovenian Army in case of escalation of the conflict with Croatia, over the implementation of the recent border dispute ruling.

The session was convened last week for September 14 by the Committee’s chair Zan Mahnic, an MP from the ranks of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) led by former prime minister and opposition leader Janez Jansa.

But PM Miro Cerar said in a statement issued by his cabinet that the proposed topic was “completely inappropriate” because Slovenia stands for a peaceful policy of nonviolence – “although it is determined to implement the verdict of the arbitrators.”

Therefore, he urged the initiators to cancel the session, Croatia’s Hina agency is reporting.
“Slovenia is determined to implement the decision of the Court of Arbitration (in the Piran Bay dispute), but that must be ensured through political means, based on the rule of law and membership in Euro-Atlantic organizations,” Cerar said.

The prime minister urged Mahnic to withdraw his proposal, the statement noted, and added that Cerar was calling on President Borut Pahor – who is the commander of the armed forces under the Constitution – to also take a clear stance on this.

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