Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova RH

Press Release:

Zagreb, 17 March 2016 - MFEA informs UN member states about Croatia’s position on compromised arbitration

On 16 March 2016, through its Permanent Mission in New York, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs communicated its position on the compromised arbitration process between Croatia and Slovenia to the United Nations member states.

Croatia reiterated that it had initiated the procedure of termination of the Arbitration Agreement last year and that it had ceased to apply it, in accordance with international law. As it is known, by its actions Slovenia caused irreparable harm to the arbitration process, the credibility and the independence of the Arbitral Tribunal. In doing so, Slovenia breached the Arbitration Agreement whose object and purpose can no longer be achieved. Accordingly, Croatia expects the Arbitral Tribunal to terminate its work without delay because of the process being irreparably compromised and corrupt. For such a decision the Arbitral Tribunal possesses enough information provided by Croatia immediately after the illegal and unethical acts of Slovenia were revealed.

Croatia clearly stated that it was ready to resolve the dispute in bilateral negotiations, in the spirit of good neighbourly relations and in accordance with international law.