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Tender Branson
Mark Warner 08
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E: -6.06, S: -4.84


« on: June 06, 2010, 01:23:28 PM »

Slovenes vote in referendum on Croatia border deal

Slovenes are voting in a referendum on whether to accept a deal on a border dispute with Croatia.

The agreement, signed last year, allowed international arbitrators to resolve the issue.

The border dispute concerns the small Bay of Piran in the Adriatic Sea, and dates back to the break-up of Yugoslavia in 1991.

It has soured relations between the two countries, and led Slovenia to block Croatia's bid to join the EU.

Parliaments in both Slovenia and Croatia approved the deal, but the centre-right opposition in Slovenia has branded the agreement as a "capitulation" that favours Croatia.

Slovene Prime Minister Borut Pahor accepted the opposition's demand for a binding referendum in March.

The BBC's Balkans correspondent Mark Lowen reports that polls suggest the likely result of Sunday's vote appears too close to call - but if rejected, Slovenia's government will again face pressure to delay Zagreb's EU negotiations.

'Setting an example'

In the past, Croatia has called for the border to be drawn down the middle of the bay.
map

But Slovenia, which has a much shorter coastline than its neighbour, had feared this would deny its ships direct passage to the high seas.

Slovenia exercised its veto on Croatia's EU accession talks because it said Croatia had provided maps and documents in negotiations that failed to take account of Slovenia's position.

Croatia hopes to become the second former Yugoslav state to join the EU in 2012.

Our correspondent says that by appearing to agree on a solution to the row last autumn, both countries tried to set an example to other parts of the Western Balkans: that through compromise and a shared European future, bilateral issues can be resolved.

The hope was to influence ties between Serbia and Kosovo, whose declaration of independence from Serbia is rejected by Belgrade, or between Bosnia and Serbia, whose relations have remained tense since the Bosnian war.

Polling stations are open from 0700-1900 (0500-1700 GMT).

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10248037.stm
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Tender Branson
Mark Warner 08
Atlas Institution
*****
Posts: 57,969
Austria


Political Matrix
E: -6.06, S: -4.84


« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010, 01:26:56 PM »

Results:

1.706.033 eligible voters
694.409 voted

Turnout: 40.7%

620.391 votes already counted
4.909 votes are invalid

YES: 320.360 votes (52.1%)
NO: 295.122 votes (47.9%)

http://www.dvk.gov.si/AS2010/AS2010i/index3.html
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Tender Branson
Mark Warner 08
Atlas Institution
*****
Posts: 57,969
Austria


Political Matrix
E: -6.06, S: -4.84


« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 01:34:11 PM »

Much closer than what the Exit Poll for the Slovenian TV said:

66% Yes
34% No

Tongue
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Tender Branson
Mark Warner 08
Atlas Institution
*****
Posts: 57,969
Austria


Political Matrix
E: -6.06, S: -4.84


« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010, 02:41:24 PM »

Almost everything counted now:

720.723 total votes
5.710 invalid votes

YES: 368.085 votes (51.48%)
NO: 346.928 votes (48.52%)



Light Green => 50-55% YES
Dark Green => 55-60% YES

Red => 50-55% NO
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Tender Branson
Mark Warner 08
Atlas Institution
*****
Posts: 57,969
Austria


Political Matrix
E: -6.06, S: -4.84


« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010, 02:57:04 PM »

To note:

The region where the Bay of Piran is located (in the west), voted most heavily with Yes.

Some districts in this region, especially the city of Piran and suburbs were about 70%+ in favor.

The region that is furthest away from the Bay (in the east), voted most heavily with No.

Many districts in this region were against it with more than 60%.

I guess this has to do with the trade opportunities in Piran. Many traders there just voted Yes to continue the good local relations with the Croats that are the main source for the economy there.
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Tender Branson
Mark Warner 08
Atlas Institution
*****
Posts: 57,969
Austria


Political Matrix
E: -6.06, S: -4.84


« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2010, 03:18:23 PM »

The best quote came from opposition leader Janez Jansa, who campaigned for a "No" vote:

“They have taken Carinthia, Trieste and Gorizia — they will not take the sea!"

Please, you can take the failed Scheuchtum of Carinthia back everyday if you want ... Tongue Smiley
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