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Since Slovenia's actions have caused irreparable damage to the border arbitration process and the credibility and autonomy of the Arbitral Tribunal, its subject and purpose can no longer be fulfilled, the Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague said earlier in the day that its five-member panel of arbiters in charge of the Croatian-Slovenian border dispute decided, after holding a hearing on Thursday without the presence of Croatian representatives, that it would analyse Croatia's reasons for abandoning the border arbitration process.

The PCA said that any consideration regarding the merits of the border dispute remained suspended.

"We therefore expect the Arbitral Tribunal to end its work without delay," the Croatian ministry said in the statement.

Croatia is willing, in the spirit of good neighbourly relations and in line with international law, to resolve the border dispute with Slovenia through bilateral talks, the ministry said.

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