Slovenia arranges meeting with Spanish ambassador after controversy regarding the independence process

Catalan MonitorEl Nacional, News Roundup

Photo: Ljubljana (Credit: Wikimedia / Diego Delso)

By: Editorial Staff
Date:  12/12/2018

Slovenia has invited the Spanish ambassador to meet after the controversy generated by linking the ‘Slovenian route’ to independence with violence, according to the Slovenian newspaper DELO, and confirmed by Slovenian diplomatic sources at the ACN – although the latter have preferred not to specify if the ambassador is attending by invitation or by his own initiative.

The Slovenian Foreign Ministry will receive the Spanish diplomat Wednesday in its headquarters to “try to explain” that the path to Slovenian independence “was not a violent act” but that they were forced to defend themselves against attacks by the federal army of Yugoslavia. “It is understandable that it is a difficult issue for Spain, but it is absolutely erroneous to misrepresent the Slovenian path, which was really a model of how to achieve independence in a peaceful and democratic way,” said Slovenian diplomatic sources.

For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation said Wednesday that the Spanish ambassador in Slovenia was not summoned by the Government of Ljubljana, but will attend several meetings with various representatives, at the request of Spain.

Sources from the Slovenian government had already indicated their disagreement with the link made between the Slovenian independence process and violence on Tuesday to the ACN, assuring that “the only violence” was triggered by “armed aggression” from the Federal army and that the “Slovenian route is the path of the rule of law”.

President Quim Torra’s trip to Slovenia and the controversy generated by his words about following the ‘Slovenian route’ have made Ljubljana “uneasy”, diplomatic sources of the Balkan country admitted.

At the Wednesday meeting of the ministry, the Slovenian government will explain to the Spanish diplomat that the country experienced an “attack” by the forces of the Milosevic army and that the only “illegal” act was that “aggression”, and it will reiterate that the process, from the Slovenian perspective, was exemplary and legal.

Additionally, diplomatic sources point out that these are “facts” and that during the meeting the Spanish ambassador will have to “again” hear the arguments, which Ljubljana has long defended when comparisons have been made between Catalonia and the Slovenian process and arguments regarding violence are mixed in.

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