mvep.jpg
Photograph: mvep.hr

The Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on Thursday declined to comment on the new moves taken by the Permanent Court of Arbitration regarding the Croatia-Slovenia border dispute, given that Croatia had left the arbitration process.

"The foreign ministry has no comment, because it is well known that Croatia left the arbitration process, following a unanimous decision of all deputies in the Croatian parliament," the ministry said in its response to a statement which the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) issued on Wednesday.

The PCA, headquarted in The Hague, on Wednesday called on Croatia and Slovenia to make further submissions regarding the legal effect of Croatia's position that the ongoing arbitration proceedings concerning the two countries' border dispute should be discontinued, and stated that it would hold one more hearing on the matter in March 2016.

In July this year Croatia informed the Arbitral Tribunal in the arbitration between Croatia and Slovenia that it had launched a procedure to terminate its arbitration agreement with Slovenia because of a serious breach of the agreement on Slovenia's part, and that it had informed the Slovenian government that it was terminating the agreement and leaving the arbitration proceedings which it considered to have been irreparably compromised.

In doing so, Croatia referred to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

Slovenia then sent a note to the Hague court, saying that it did not accept Croatia's "unilateral" decision to terminate the arbitration agreement, and that it believed the proceedings should continue and result in a ruling that would be binding on both countries.

The PCA said in the statement that the Arbitral Tribunal has been recomposed after the resignation of the previous Croatian and Slovenian arbiters, with the president of the tribunal having appointed two new arbiters, and that now a decision can be made on Croatia's motion to discontinue the arbitration proceedings, on which both sides need to make additional submissions.

The Croatian government is expected to make its submissions on 15 January 2016 and the Slovenian government on February 26. The PCA says in the statement that after that, it intends to hold one more hearing in the case, in March 2016.

The Slovenian foreign ministry has already confirmed having received the PCA note, repeating that the arbitration proceedings should be resumed and result in a binding ruling.

Latest news

Messi's last minute penalty saves Barcelona from shock draw

Barcelona beat Leganes 2-1 with a last minute penalty from Lionel Messi in the Spanish first division on Sunday.

At least 30 injured after explosion in Bogota

A explosion in the Macarena area of Bogota injured at least 30 people on Sunday, many of them police officers who were guarding a bull running through the streets of the Colombian capital.

Vojvodina institutions hold conference on Bunjevci's non-Croat ethnic background

There are around 16,000 members of the Bunjevci community in Vojvodina who deny their Croat ethnic background. They are represented by the Bunjevci National Council which enjoys the support of state authorities, and, since the change of government in Vojvodina, of the provincial authorities as well.

SpaceX rocket blasts off from historic launch pad en route to ISS

A commercial rocket built by SpaceX is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) with a load of research equipment, cargo and supplies, NASA said Sunday.

Defence deals worth 1.2 billion dollars announced at key UAE show

Deals worth nearly 4.4 billion dirhams (1.2 billion dollars) were reached at a major defence show that opened Sunday in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an official said.

Thousands protest in Malta against controversial press law reforms

Thousands of people attended a demonstration in Malta on Sunday, answering a call by the main opposition party to protest against what it described as a threat to democracy and freedom of expression.

London's mayor calls for Trump's state visit to be cancelled

US President Donald Trump should be denied a state visit to Britain due to his "cruel and shameful" immigration policies, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday.

'Now more than ever': US scientists gird for confrontation with Trump

Normally any annual gathering of American scientists is relatively non-political. But, with Donald Trump in the White House, things are different at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Many researchers are worried about their future and are urging colleagues to protest - and remain vigilant.

Int'l conference on post-war monuments in post-communist Europe held in Zagreb

The event was organised by the Zagreb-based association SF:ius in cooperation with the Croatian chapter of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

Serbians wouldn't go to war for Kosovo - poll

A majority of citizens in Serbia wouldn't go to war to claim back Kosovo, shows a survey conducted by the Serbian nongovernmental organisation "Belgrade Centre for Security Policy".

Grabar-Kitarovic, Lavrov find solution to air pollution caused by Bosanski Brod oil refinery

Croatia and Russia have found a solution for the problem of air pollution caused by a Russian-owned oil refinery in Bosanski Brod, northern Bosnia and Herzegovina, which has been poisoning residents of Slavonski Brod, a town across the Sava River in Croatia, Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Sunday.

Istria border police discover 20 migrants in van

During routine border control, police in the northern Croatian Adriatic region of Istria on Saturday discovered 20 migrants in a van driven by a Croatian national, the Ministry of the Interior said.