20 Years of Independence
Slovenia is Celebrating.
On 25 June 1991 Republic of Slovenia declared independence to which the Yugoslav federal army responded by an immediate intervention aimed at suppressing the acts of independence. Fighting between the Yugoslav Army and Slovenian units lasted for ten days. Afterwards negotiations began between the federal government and representatives of former Yugoslav republics brokered by a troika of EC ministers resulted in the Brioni Agreement which suspended Slovenian independence for three months.
Several countries recognised Slovenia already in 1991 (Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Iceland and Germany) but the majority of recognitions followed in early 1992.
The main ceremony on the occasion of the Statehood Day and 20th Anniversary of Slovenia's Independence was held on Friday, 24 June, at the Congress Square in Ljubljana.
The inaugural speaker was the president of the Republic of Slovenia, Danilo Türk, Ph.D. An artistic programme followed.
Source: Government Communication Office