- Published: 01.01.2018.
Foreign Ministry says Slovenia has no right to apply its regulations on Croatian territory
Slovenia has no right to apply its regulations on Croatian territory nor to take any actions against Croatian fishermen or charge fines, the Croatian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday after Slovenia's announcement that it might fine Croatian fishermen fishing on Croatian territory.
Slovenian regulations can apply only to Slovenia's actual territory and not the territory specified in the border arbitration ruling, the ministry said in a press release.
The ruling "is neither self-implementable nor unilaterally implementable and it cannot in itself influence a change of the border on the ground," it added.
Croatian fishermen catch fish in areas in which they have traditionally done so, both before and after Croatia and Slovenia gained independence in 1991, and Croatian authorities in the area are doing their regular job, the ministry said.
The ministry "again calls on Slovenia to exercise restraint, not to take unilateral measures, and expects that in the coming period Slovenia will show commitment to a peaceful resolution of outstanding issues and accept that only through a constructive dialogue can a solution be found to the outstanding border issue between the two states."