20 February 2009 12:25 Source: B92
LJUBLJANA -- A petition has begun to circulate in Slovenia calling for a referendum on Croatian and Albania accession to NATO, that has Croatian politicians up in arms.
There is a deadline of 35 days to collect the 40,000 signatures needed for calling a referendum on Croatian NATO membership. Slovenian Parliamentary Speaker Pavel Gantar was forced to set the deadline after talks between Prime Minister Borut Pahor and the referendum initiators failed to fully resolve the matter.
Though the June 25 Institute has pulled out of the initiative, Pahor was unable to persuade the non-parliamentary Slovenian People’s Party (SSN) to do likewise.