Independence day

26.12.2004Osebno


Pier and the sea
Originally uploaded by Domen Savic.

Well, they all have it, so why should we be any different?

Here is an excerpt from the Lonely Planet

“In the spring of 1990, Slovenia became the first Yugoslav republic to hold free elections and slough off 45 years of socialist rule; the following December the electorate voted overwhelmingly (90%) in favour of independence. The implications for the future of Yugoslavia and regional stability were not taken lightly; both the West and the many Slavs living in Slovenia were lukewarm about the decision. They were right, in so far as Belgrade was not about to let the republic go quietly into that good night. Diplomatic efforts to secede gradually were rejected, and a series of provocative confrontations between the Yugoslav army and the newly established Slovenian army ensued. On 25 June 1991, Slovenia declared its independence, and a show down loomed as Yugoslav forces mobilised. Slovenian troops and civilians called their bluff by taking up what arms they could, and the West stood by and watched. A 10-day war ensued in which lives were lost and much worse was threatened, but with the world watching and fierce resistance from the Slovenian militia, the Yugoslav army backed off. With no territorial claims or minority issues involved, the Yugoslav government agreed to a truce brokered by the European Community (EC). Slovenia paid a comparatively light price for its independence, as Croatia and Bosnia would soon discover. On 15 January 1992, the EC formally recognised the country. Slovenia was admitted to the United Nations in May 1992.”

We got out the easy way, seeing how the war in Croatia and Bosnia and other ex-yugo countries took a nasty turn. For a sneak peak, go check her blog under SCG, BiH and HR section.

On 26 December ten years ago, the results of a plebiscite were announced officially, with the inhabitants of the Republic of Slovenia having decided on 23 December 1990 with a great majority of votes that the Republic of Slovenia should become an independent and sovereign country. In line with that decision, on 25 June 1991 the Slovenian Assembly passed the fundamental independence acts and on the next day declared Slovenia’s independence.

For reference about our state`s symbols, check this site.

Happy birthday, Slovenia.