Slovenia’s Foreign Minister An ,e Logar stated that there was no “ghost letter” regarding the Western Balkans that some media attributed to Slovenia and that discussions about it had harmed Slovenia, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At the session of the parliamentary committee on foreign policy, the Slovenian minister stressed that Slovenia’s strategy towards the Western Balkans had not changed and that Slovenia had made additional efforts, as preparations for the EU-Western Balkans summit were a key priority for Slovenia’s next presidency in BE.
“No one expects opposition politicians to denigrate their country just to harm the state in some way. “It simply does not exist in a developed democratic mentality,” Logar was quoted as saying by Slovenia’s STA news agency.
His statement came at a joint hearing demanded by the opposition following media reports that Prime Minister Janez Janša had issued a “non-letter” about re-establishing borders along ethnic lines in the Balkans.
Deputies wanted Janša, who denied having anything to do with the published “non-letter”, to appear directly, but he did not attend the hearing, citing another obligation as the reason.
Slovenian President Borut Pahor’s foreign policy adviser Smiljana Knez told lawmakers that the president had paid close attention to the region for years and was in favor of preserving the territorial integrity of countries in the region and resolving disputes in the spirit of the neighborhood.
She stated that Pahor warned regional leaders and EU institutions that EU enlargement could not be just a technical process, but should be geopolitically framed.
The president’s adviser echoed Pahor’s statement that the president was unaware of any “non-letter” regarding the Western Balkans that was the subject of media reports.
The head of the European Commission Liaison Office in Slovenia, Jerneja Jug Jerše, said that the European Commission had no knowledge of informal documents related to the Western Balkans.