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Monday, November 10, 1997 Published at 21:35 GMT



World: Europe

Austria & Slovenia argue over WWII reparations

Tension is growing between Slovenia and the neighbouring Austrian province of Carinthia.

There the local government, controlled by the nationalist Freedom Party, is demanding minority rights and the return of assets confiscated from a former Austrian minority in Slovenia after the Second World War.

The Slovenian government says that most Austrians left Slovenia voluntarily at the end of the War and refuses to talk to the Carinthian administration.

Meanwhile the Austrian Chancellor, Victor Klima, who visited Ljubljana last month, said he saw no problems between Austria and Slovenia over the former Austrian ethnic minority.

Slovenia's attempts to be included in accession talks with the European Union were stalled until recently over similar Italian demands of restitution of property rights in parts of Slovenia which had been formerly Italian.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service






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