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+ - RFE/RL NEWSLINE 13 March 2000 (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

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RFE/RL NEWSLINE  13 March 2000

POLAND CELEBRATES 1,000 YEARS OF STATEHOOD. Four presidents
from neighboring countries--Germany's Johannes Rau, Hungary's
Arpad Goencz, Lithuania's Valdas Adamkus, and Slovakia's
Rudolf Schuster--were in Poland on 12 March to attend
celebrations marking the 1,000th anniversary of Poland's
statehood. Czech President Vaclav Havel and Ukraine's Leonid
Kuchma were both unable to attend, the former for health
reasons, while the latter canceled his visit owing to the
tragic mining accident. The summit commemorated German
Emperor Otto III's visit to Gniezno 1,000 years ago during
which he in effect recognized Polish ruler Boleslaw I Chrobry
(the Brave) as king of the country. "We appeal to the nations
of Europe...to oppose all manifestations of hatred,
xenophobia, racism, aggressive nationalism, and extremism,"
the presidents said in a joint declaration read by Polish
President Aleksander Kwasniewski to Gniezno residents. JM

SLOVAK, HUNGARIAN PREMIERS DISCUSS MINORITY RIGHTS. Slovak
Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda and his Hungarian
counterpart, Viktor Orban, met in the Hungarian town of
Bekescsaba on 11 March, Slovak media reported. Dzurinda said
his government would like the ethnic Hungarian minority in
Slovakia to feel at home in Slovakia, just as he would like
the ethnic Slovaks to have a similar feeling in Hungary, TASR
reported. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Slovak Deputy Prime
Minister Pal Csaky rejected what he described as "dramatic"
criticism of Slovakia's treatment of minorities by various
human rights organizations in Brussels last week, TASR
reported on 9 March. While the spokesman acknowledged that
minority rights in Slovakia "have not met all of the
expectations of any minority," he said the government has
made significant progress in this area. VG

HUNGARY'S TISZA RIVER IS CONTAMINATED AGAIN. Some 20,000
metric tons of mud contaminated with lead, copper, and zinc
began oozing into Hungary's Tisza River on 11 March after
heavy rain broke the dam of a former ore mine in Romania. A
Romanian Environment Ministry official said it could take up
to a month to repair the dam. Hungarian authorities have
ordered the highest state of alert on the entire stretch of
the Upper Tisza, between Tiszabecs and Tokaj. Government
Commissioner Janos Gonczy said the effects of the heavy
metals contamination could be even more lasting than the
recent cyanide spill. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that
if no other way can be found, international pressure should
be brought to bear on Romania to sign treaties on
environmental protection. MSZ

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+ - RFE/RL NEWSLINE 14 March 2000 (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

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RFE/RL NEWSLINE  14 March 2000

PRESS GROUP CRITICIZES HUNGARY. The International Press
Institute on 13 March noted in its annual report on the
state of the press around the world that 1999 was an
"annoying" year for the Hungarian media, MTI reported. The
report notes that "the principles of transparency and
accountability were frequently not taken into consideration
in connection with critical or uncomfortable press
reports." The report noted incidents in which journalists
were attacked or their offices searched. It also describes
a Constitutional Court decision upholding the "incomplete"
formation of Hungarian Television's board of trustees as
"surprising." VG

HUNGARY SEEKS INTERNATIONAL HELP FOR TISZA... Hungarian
parliamentary speaker Janos Ader told a gathering of EU and
NATO ambassadors in Budapest that he expects financial and
diplomatic help in dealing with a new case of environmental
damage affecting the Tisza River (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 13
March 2000) and in preventing similar cases in the future,
Hungarian media reported. Hungarian Foreign Ministry
spokesman Gabor Horvath said Budapest wants to work on
upgrading bilateral environmental protection measures with
Romania, and he called on Romania to provide as much
information as possible on the recent environmental
accidents. At a joint press conference with his Hungarian
counterpart, Ibolya David, in Szeged, Romanian Justice
Minister Valeriu Stoica expressed regret at the latest
environmental accident, which took place along the Romanian
sector of the river, MTI reported. The heavy metals
contamination flowing down the river is expected to reach
the lower Tisza by the weekend, "Nepszabadsag" reported on
14 March. VG

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