Pahor, Grabar-Kitarovic hope summit will support stabilisation of region


The summit which will take place in Zagreb on Wednesday within the Brdo-Brijuni process and which will be attended by heads of state from the region as well as U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, European Council President Donald Tusk and Austrian President Heinz Fischer, is expected to support the further stabilisation of south-east Europe and the reform processes in the countries that aspire to be integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions, according to conclusions of a meeting between Slovenian President Borut Pahor and his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in Ljubljana on Sunday.

The agenda of the summit, scheduled for 25 November, includes the ongoing refugee crisis and security challenges in the aftermath of the last terrorist attacks and threats in Europe and world.

The presidents Grabar-Kitarovic and Pahor said after the Ljubljana meeting that Croatia and Slovenia expected the support from the European Union and the United States to be expressed at the summit regarding the stabilisation of south-east Europe and efforts aimed at solving their relations.

Grabar-Kitarovic believes that the attendance by Vice-President Biden would show the United States’ intention to be involved to a greater extent into the dsicussion on security issues and risks in the Balkans.

Pahor said that those countries that wanted to join NATO should be helped in their bid, and those that did not intend to join the club should be given such an option, too.

Croatia’s head of state described the 28-strong European Union as a security project that stabilised EU aspirants.

During their meeting, the Slovenian and Croatian presidents also discussed the challenges stemming from the refugee crisis, and agreed that this was an issue that concerned the whole of Europe, and that it should be dealt with at root, with rationing the flow of migrants using the Balkan route.

The two presidents called for making a difference between refugees fleeing war-ridden countries and the so-called economic migrants fleeing poverty-stricken areas,