Slovenian PM not happy about being made part of anti-ISIS coalition without knowing

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Slovenia's prime minister Miro Cerar

“I am bothered by the fact that we have been placed on the list without the government’s knowledge,” Cerar said.


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Slovenia supports anti-terrorism, but it will not take part in military action against the Islamic State, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said in an exclusive interview with Radio Slovenia on Wednesday.

Cerar was annoyed to learn that Slovenia is being made part of a U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition without being informed beforehand.

Slovenia opposes terrorism and being on the list is not controversial per se, but “I am bothered by the fact that we have been placed on the list without the government’s knowledge,” Radio Slovenia quoted the newly elected prime minister as reporting.

“We will have to voice some sort of protest, it is not appropriate to consent to our country being placed anywhere without our knowledge and consensus.”

Cerar and his cabinet were sworn in on Sept. 18.

The Slovenian Foreign Ministry said in a press release on Wednesday that “As a responsible part of the international community, and an EU and NATO member, Slovenia is part of efforts to fight terrorism.”

“But any decisions will be in compliance with international law and Slovenian legislation,” the press release noted.

The self-claimed Islamic State, widely known as ISIS, is situated on the territories of Syria and Iraq, where the Islamic extremists have reportedly executed hundreds of Iraqis and Syrians, as well as foreign hostages.

The brutal campaign has also forced more than a million people to flee from their homes.

Regarding the ISIS as a global threat, the United States and its allies have started air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and are seeking to build an international coalition against the group. 

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