ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia voted in favor of joining the European Union
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Zagreb : Croatia | Jan 23, 2012 at 4:35 AM PST
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membership in 2013, ignoring concerns about the economic turmoil in the European Union as well as fears that the organic affect the sovereignty of the country.

Croatia will join, which conducted a referendum on Sunday to the Union in the first of July of 2013, if approved, the member states of the Union and its 27 members. Croatia will become a member of the Union after more than two decades of separation from Yugoslavia and the war fought between 1991 and 1995 to confirm its independence.

Croatia will be the second former Yugoslav republic to join the Union after the accession of Slovenia in 2004.

The Commission said the official election after almost all ballots counted that 66 percent of the voters and Croats agreed to join the Union.

the Prime Minister of Croatia, Zoran Milanovic, told reporters "This is a turning point in our history and we will be responsible for our decisions. Success or failure now depends on us and by."

The turnout was weak and the referendum was 44 percent of eligible voters who cast ballots, less than the turnout rates in the ex-communist states joined the Union in 2004 and 2007.

Reflecting the turnout that seems to question a wide range between the Croats about what will lead him to join their country's membership of the Union, actually.

But the result suggests that the accession to the European Union has not lost its appeal after the Western Balkan countries in spite of the debt crisis that threatens the single currency countries.

Paul Fandoran head the EU delegation in Croatia, "Croatia's accession to the European Union is the best possible signal to other countries in the region."

He hopes many of the Croats to help their country's accession to the Union of Croatia's economy weak by European Union funds.

Jasna Maric (43 years), a bank employee, "I feel great satisfaction for me and for my children ... only 15 years ago we were killing each other here, so this was a strategic decision."

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Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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