Ask any Croat what "deblokada" means and you'll get the same answer: "Deblokada would be the end of Slovenia's criminal obstruction of Croatia's EU negotiations". The word has dominated the headlines for a long time: Deblokade now! Soon deblokada! Soon deblokada? - and many other versions.
Today Slovenia and Croatia agreed, finally, on a deblokada. Prime ministers Pahor (Slovenia) and Kosor (Croatia) hammered out a deal that allows Croatia to continue its negotiations with the EU. The border dispute itself is not solved, but the two parties agreed on the rules of the game. First, anything that has been said or written about the border after 25 June 1991 (when both Slovenia and Croatia proclaimed independence) has no legal status. This is a Croatian concession to Slovenia, as the latter country blamed Croatia of producing documents with falsified borders. Slovenia accused Croatia of using these "post 26.06.91" documents in its EU negotiations and so prejudice the border. Second, Croatia and Slovenia will seek international arbitration for their conflict. This had been often proposed by the EU, but Slovenia, for some reason, always objected. Pahor said that in that way the conflict will be solved before Slovenia ratifies Croatia's EU accession.
The last sentence is a bit tricky, I'd say. One could also read it as follows: Slovenia will not ratify Croatia's EU accession treaty unless the border conflict is solved (in a for Slovenia satisfactory way). For now, however, optimism prevails.

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