Croatia and Bosnia to open border crossing for petroleum products

Feb 28, 2002 01:00 AM

Croatia agreed to open a contentious border crossing for the entry of petroleum products into neighbouring Bosnia, ending a dispute over truck traffic between the two countries. Under the government decision trucks will be allowed to use the Licko Petrovo Selo-Izacici border crossing near the Plitvice National Park in central Croatia under a set of conditions aimed at protecting the environment, Transport and Telecommunications Minister Alojz Tusek said.

The transport of petroleum products through the crossing will be allowed only at night and under police escort until June 15, when further use would be discussed, he said.
Croatia's controversial decision to ban the transit over its territory of tanker trucks hauling oil products and to redirect the traffic to rail and maritime routes sparked protests from its neighbours in January.

Bosnia and Slovenia labelled the decision, which Zagreb said was designed to prevent oil smuggling and to protect the environment, as discriminatory because no restrictions were imposed on domestic transportation companies Although Croatia lifted the ban following a counter-measure by Bosnia, it limited transport of petroleum products to four border crossings leading to southern and northern Bosnia that are linked to European corridors. Sarajevo had insisted on access to the Licko Petrovo Selo-Izacici border crossing.

Source: AFP
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