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Croatia has circulated among UN member states its position on the irreversibly compromised arbitration with Slovenia, expressing its readiness to resolve the border dispute bilaterally, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs said on Thursday.

"As is well known, Slovenia has caused by its actions irreparable damage to the arbitration process and the credibility and independence of the Arbitral Tribunal. In that way it violated the Arbitration Agreement, whose subject and purpose cannot be achieved anymore," the ministry said in a statement.

Croatia expects the Arbitral Tribunal to end its work without delay. To make such a decision, the tribunal has the sufficient information that was provided to it by Croatia as soon as it found out about the unlawful and unethical behaviour of Slovenia, according to the statement.

"Croatia has made it clear that it is ready to settle the border dispute with Slovenia through bilateral negotiations in the spirit of good neighbourly relations and in accordance with international law," the statement said.

The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration announced on Monday that a new oral hearing in connection with the Croatian and Slovenian land and sea border dispute would be held on March 17. On the same day Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac said that Croatia had withdrawn from the arbitration and would not attend the hearing. 

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