RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 21 February 2000
HUNGARY TO SUE AUSTRALIAN-ROMANIAN COMPANY. Hungary will file
a lawsuit this week against the Australian-Romanian joint
venture Aurul and demand that its assets be frozen. That was
the 18 February decision of a committee of experts formed to
co-ordinate the legal response to the Tisza cyanide spill. In
Romania, the Prosecutor-General's Office has also launched an
inquiry to establish the responsibility for the damage.
Meanwhile, EU Expansion Commissioner Guenter Verheugen said
the spill will not effect the EU accession process for either
Hungary or Romania. Australian Environment Minister Robert
Hill said on 18 February his country "regrets" the damage and
is ready to help clean up Hungarian rivers. MSZ
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