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Croatia: Interim Border Deal Reached With Yugoslavia

Zagreb, 5 December 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Croatian Prime Minister Ivica Racan has announced that his country and Yugoslavia have reached a temporary agreement on a disputed border in the southern Adriatic. Racan said the agreement on the Prevlaka Peninsula does not define the final border in the region.

The Prevlaka Peninsula lies on Croatia's southernmost border with Montenegro. It has been demilitarized and monitored by a small United Nations observation mission since 1992, following Croatia's secession and war for independence in 1991.

The UN has said it would end the mission in mid-December, if Croatia and Yugoslavia indicate they are nearing a deal.

Also in Zagreb today, Croatia signed an agreement to join the Central European Free Trade Agreement, or CEFTA. Croatia is to become a member early next year after the association's current members ratify the agreement.

CEFTA consists of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.