Italy-Slovenia: Napolitano's visit highlighted in press

1st official visit, 1st foreign leader to address Parliament

09 July, 17:10

(ANSAMed) - LJUBLJANA, JULY 9 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will be the first foreign head of state to address the Slovenian Parliament tomorrow, Delo newspaper wrote today, adding that ''the new generations no longer want to remain hostages to the past and to the things that divide us.'' ''The President had to give up two foreign visits this summer, but he did not want to give up Slovenia,'' Delo quoted Napolitano diplomatic adviser Aldo Amati as saying.

''Napolitano's meeting with Slovenian President Danilo Turk is the culmination of many efforts to put relations between the two countries on a new basis, and his speech to the Slovenian Parliament is the culmination of 20 years of bilateral relations.'' Delo newspaper highlighted the summit between Italy, Slovenia and Croatia in July 2010 as marking the beginning of a new era, ''different from the tensions of a few years prior, when Napolitano thundered against the Slavs on the day of remembrance of the Italian exodus and the foibe massacres,'' Delo wrote.

Napolitano meets Turk tomorrow morning, when they will talk about the Eurozone crisis, the results of the last Brussels summit, and public financing of the Slovenian minority living in Italy, according to Slovenian public TV. Tomorrow afternoon, Napolitano addresses the Slovenian Parliament, and will meet with Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Jankovic and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Wednesday. (ANSAMed).

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