Cerar on the path of committing high treason against Slovenia – he has told foreign diplomats that he will respect the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal even if it is detrimental to Slovenia

Miro Cerar (foto: epa)

At the meeting of foreign diplomats, Prime Minister of Slovenia Miro Cerar discussed relations with neighbouring Croatia and said that Slovenia will respect the decision of the Arbitral Tribunal, which is contrary to the Decision from 2013, which provides that Slovenia will consider any decision of the Arbitral Tribunal which would not ensure territorial contact of the territorial sea of Slovenia with the high sea in violation of the mandate of the Arbitral Tribunal.

At the traditional meeting of foreign diplomats at Brdo pri Kranju, Prime Minister of Slovenia Miro Cerar made a terribly anti-Slovenian statement when discussing relations with neighbouring Croatia and the resolution of the border issue. He stated that Slovenia will respect any decision of the Arbitral Tribunal even though in 2013 the National Assembly of Slovenia with an overwhelming majority of 70 votes had adopted the Memorandum to the Arbitration Agreement, which declares that, in the case of an unfavourable decision which would not ensure territorial contact of the territorial sea of Slovenia with the high sea, the arbitration will not be respected.

The Memorandum had been adopted with the goal of preserving the vital interest of Slovenia, i.e. the contact of Slovenia with the high sea, which is also defined in the Arbitration Agreement itself. In addition, the decision had been adopted due to numerous doubts and ambiguities with regards to the Agreement. What Cerar said in the presence of all those foreign diplomats is contrary to the efforts of a large majority of the Members of the National Assembly and to the policy which had been pursued by Janez Janša at the time of the adoption of the Memorandum; it is a singular international and internal political scandal. Nowhere in the world does one see a prime minister act contrary to adopted decisions and the interest of the country, much less openly talk about it with foreign diplomats. The National Assembly of Slovenia had adopted the Decision precisely in order to ensure that Slovenia would not have to respect and accept a decision which would be unfavourable for the country and its contact with the high sea.

The Memorandum to the Arbitration Agreement provides: The Republic of Slovenia will consider any decision of the Arbitral Tribunal which would not ensure territorial contact of the territorial sea of the Republic of Slovenia with the high sea in accordance with point b of the first paragraph of Article 3 and point b of Article 4 of the Arbitration Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Slovenia and the Government of the Republic of Croatia, which ensures the realisation of the vital interest of the Republic of Slovenia, as a decision ultra vires (in violation of the mandate of the Arbitral Tribunal).

M. P.