Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said on Friday in Brussels that his Slovenian counterpart Miro Cerar was making up stories in an effort to publicly justify putting up a razor-wire fence on the border to Croatia in Istria.
On Thursday Cerar said that Slovenia was raising the fence in Istria because he had information that Croatia could start re-directing refugees to Italy via Istria.
"In the past four years I did not have the need to imagine stories to justify myself to the Croatian public, to justify my attitudes and decisions with something that at best is funny. The explanation is absurd. That's not true but if Miro needs that to justify himself to the Slovenian public, then good," Milanovic said.
The Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on Friday sent yet another protest note, the sixth in six weeks, against Slovenia's actions of putting up a wire fence on the border to Croatia. Slovenia has so far erected 140 kilometres of wire fence along its border with Croatia. Croatia insists that Ljubljana has lately encroached on Croatian territory and violated the two countries' agreement on local border traffic and cooperation on several occasions, putting a razor-wire fence in several locations that are indisputably on Croatian territory.
Also today, Milanovic briefly commented on the news that Croatia had won the arbitration against Slovenia over the Krsko Nuclear Power Plant which orders Slovenia to pay Croatia's electricity provider HEP 40 million euro for undelivered electricity in the period from July 2002 to April 2003.
"Whenever they dispute us they lose in the end. For us, the Ljubljanska Bank dispute was the dearest. This truly referred to confiscating private property for thousands of our people. In the end the Court for Human Rights ruled. That is justice. It's slow but sure," Milanovic said.