On this day December 23, 1990

88% of Slovenia’s population voted for independence in a plebiscite, and on June 25, 1991, the Republic of Slovenia declared its independence. On June 26, 1991 Croatia and Slovenia recognized each other as independent states.

A 10-day war with Yugoslavia followed (June 27, 1991 – July 6, 1991). The Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) forces withdrew after Slovenia demonstrated stiff resistance to Belgrade. The conflict resulted in relatively few casualties: 67 people were killed according to statistics compiled by the International Red Cross, of which most (39) were JNA soldiers.


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