Friday, September 23, 2005

Myth: Slovene armed forces were the legal forces of the Slovene state.

FACT: Slovenia did not and could not legally have its own army, and the force it used to attack the JNA was an illegal separatist army. This illegal army was based on a legal institution, the Territorial Defence of Slovenia (TO), which existed in each Republic. The Territorial Defence, however, was legally subordinated to the JNA, and an integral part of it, not a separate Republican army, as it is sometimes portrayed. The commanders of each of the TOs were supposed to be appointed by the JNA, but in September 1990 Slovenia adopted an illegal amendment declaring its authority over the TO, and then in October 1990 illegally dismissed its then head because he supported Yugoslavia. They then set about building up the TO forces into a new republican army, and arming them with illegally smuggled arms. The Federal Government, headed by the Croat Ante Markovic, warned Slovenia not to do this, and demanded that they reverse this process and restore the JNA's legal authority over the TO, but to no avail. The Slovene separatists were bent on unilateral and armed secession, regardless of what the other peoples of Yugoslavia thought. This they eventually achieved in June 1991, when they used these illegal forces to attack the JNA, the only legal armed forces of Yugoslavia.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a funny piece of pointless quasi-legalese. The republican territorial defense forces came into being in the aftermath of the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, when Tito took the advice of Slovene generals. The latter saw in this also a belated fulfillment of his promise in World War II to preserve the Slovene units of the Slovene Partisan Army.

6:23 PM, March 24, 2008  
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8:33 AM, April 14, 2013  
Blogger Marijana Bodrozic said...

Actually, the SFRY Constitution’s Law of National Defence actually defined two equal components, the Federal JNA & the Republic controlled TO. The TO was subordinated to the Yugoslav presidency, not the JNA.

3:11 AM, August 27, 2013  

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