The implementation of the succession treaty signed 15 years ago by the successors to the former Yugoslavia is one of the priorities of Slovenia's foreign policy, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the treaty signed in Vienna, the Slovenian government organised a conference on outstanding succession issues.
Succession commissioner Ana Polak Petric said that if they could not agree on the implementation of the treaty, the successor countries should hire an international forum or an individual, mentioning as potential arbiters the Bank for International Settlements and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Slovenian government officials said the division of ex-Yugoslavia's diplomatic and consular offices was proceeding well and that the joint archives might be divided soon, but that the former federation's financial obligations had not been settled satisfactorily yet.
Polak Petric said Slovenia would honour the European Court of Human Rights ruling that it must reimburse former Ljubljanska Banka depositors in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but that the burden of the Yugoslav-era savings should be divided more equitably.
From the start of the the Yugoslav-era savings dispute, Slovenia claimed that it was a succession issue, which the ruling rejected, ordering Slovenia to reimburse the former depositors abroad in the way the bank's depositors in Slovenia were reimbursed.
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