Slovenia and Croatia will relaunch negotiations on border settlement on September 27, local media reported on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, and Slovenia, Mirko Cerar, announced on Wednesday that they will be discussing the delineation of the Piran Gulf sea border.
The announcement came after a brief meeting between the two men on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
This is the first time the two Yugoslav successor states relaunch discussions on their sea border after Croatia refused to abide by the ruling of the Hague-based international court of arbitration in June 2017.
In 2009 Slovenia dropped its veto on Croatian accession to the EU on condition that Zagreb accepts international arbitration for the border demarcation. However, in 2015 Zagreb walked out of the arbitration process alleging the collusion of a judge with Ljubljana. In June this year, the court awarded a portion of the gulf to Slovenia.
In June this year, the court awarded a portion of the gulf to Slovenia. Zagreb has refused to recognize the decision as binding, triggering fury in Ljubljana. The smallest of the Alpine nations, Slovenia, has a coastline of merely 46km and no direct access to international waters, except the Bay of Piran.