Austrian media: "Non-paper" on border changes in the Balkans is being kept locked within the EU

Austrian media: "Non-paper" on border changes in the Balkans is being

The General Secretariat of the Council of Europe is keeping "locked" a "non-paper" document proposing border changes in the Western Balkans, according to the Austrian agency APA.

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, has proposed, according to previous Slovenian media reports, a new drawing of borders in the Balkans.

"After a thorough inspection, I must inform you that we can not give you access to that document," the General Secretariat of the Council is responding to the APA agency's request, Tanjug reported.

It was argued that the publication of the only document held by this EU institution would jeopardize international relations.

"If it can be published, it must be denied"

According to Slovenian media, the document, signed with proposals for new borders in the former Yugoslavia, bypassing the official route, was handed over to European Council President Charles Michel.

However, this was never confirmed and Jansa denied that the Slovenian government had anything to do with the document. APA adds that the document says that if proposals reach the public, the document should be rejected.

Slovenia will take over the presidency of the European Union on July 1st and has announced that it wants to pay special attention to the Western Balkans' rapprochement with the EU.

Source: AL Jazzera

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