The Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on Thursday presented the Slovenian Embassy with a note protesting in the strongest terms against Slovenia's unlawful fencing off of the border crossings Trnovec-Sredisce Ob Dravi (Sparovec) and Prhovec-Godeninci (Kocijan).

By fencing off the two border crossings Slovenia has violated the 1997 Agreement on Local Border Traffic and Cooperation and it has brought into question the purpose of that agreement, which has guaranteed and enabled for a number of years the unobstructed passage of the border by residents on both sides of the border area, the Ministry said in the note.

Slovenia has been requested to remove the fence from said border crossings that are used by residents of the Croatian border area for the legitimate crossing of the border. Slovenia has also been requested once again to remove the barbed wire it had put earlier on Croatian state territory.

In a conversation with the Slovenian charge d'affaires, it was underlined that Croatia saw double standards in Slovenia's conduct because it prevented the crossing of two border points used by Croatian nationals while border crossing points used by Slovenian and Croatian nationals remained open.

Slovenia's conduct brings into question the Agreement on Local Border Traffic and Cooperation whose purpose is to ensure equal treatment for residents of the border area, irrespective of whether they are Slovenian or Croatian nationals, and to make it possible for them to live normally and cross the border for everyday purposes.

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