Two other candidates, Austria's Hannes Swoboda (SPO) and Slovenia's Borut Paho (ZLSD
) withdrew before the vote given the support already expressed by the PS, the SPD and the PSOE for Mr Borrel, who nevertheless only secured the backing of two thirds of his colleagues.
The argument advanced by some Slovenes, especially the United List of Social Democrats (ZLSD), a party with representation in the National Assembly, is that by allying with NATO, Slovenia decreases its own security and becomes a more likely terrorist target.
(25.) BBC Monitoring International Reports, "ZLSD Party Youth, Women Forums Against Slovenia Joining NATO," 16 January 2002, in lexis-nexis world news file, Europe.