Slovenia swore in its first regular troops Sunday in a move underlining its determination to leave Yugoslavia and become an independent state. Two hundred recruits took part in a ceremony at a territorial defense training center in Ig, a small village near the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. A similar ceremony with 120 recruits was held near Maribor, close to the Austrian border.
The recruits pledged to defend Slovenia's territorial integrity. They were the first to serve in the republic's armed forces rather than the Yugoslav Army.
Slovenia plans to proclaim independence June 26 and neighboring Croatia plans to follow suit four days later. Croatia swore in its first army units May 28.