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2 Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 28 March (mind)  139 sor     (cikkei)
3 Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 24 March (mind)  276 sor     (cikkei)
4 Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 30 March (mind)  315 sor     (cikkei)
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6 Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 27 March (mind)  344 sor     (cikkei)

+ - VoA - Magyarorszag/Suzuki (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

date=4/13/95
type=correspondent report
number=2-177009
title=Hungary / Suzuki (l-only)
byline=Barry Wood
dateline=Prague
content=
voiced at:

Intro:  Both General Motors of the United States and Suzuki of
Japan  are boosting their production in Hungary. V-o-A's  Barry
Wood reports that Hungary is becoming a vital auto production
center in Central Europe.

Text:  Japan's Suzuki says it will invest another 25 million
dollars in its Hungarian subsidiary in the northern town of
Esztergom.  This brings Suzuki's investment in Hungary to nearly
300 million dollars. The company currently builds cars and
components in Hungary with most of the production exported to
Western Europe.

General Motors has even bigger plans for its Hungarian
subsidiary.  G-M's Opel affiliate in Germany is investing over
180 million  dollars to double the capacity of its engine plant
in the western town of Szengotthard.  G-M was the first western
car company to put  plants in Hungary. Its Hungarian investments
will exceed one-half billion dollars, the biggest commitment made
in Hungary by an auto maker.

G-M's European president says the Szentgotthard plant is playing
a vital role in Opel's European strategy.  Currently, engines
from Hungary are mostly sent to G-M plants in Germany.  G-M says
it is increasingly putting plants in Eastern Europe to take
advantage of the region's low salaries, which are one-eighth of
those of Western Germany.  G-M has recently began low volume car
production in Poland.

G-M is currently building its Astra small family car in Hungary.
The  vehicle is popular throughout Europe and has a
market-leading 22 percent share of vehicle sales in Hungary.
General Motors trails Volkwagen as Europe's biggest car maker.
V-W is also active in Hungary with its Audi division, making
engines in the north-western city of Gyor. (Signed)

neb/bdw/skh/gpt

13-Apr-95 10:04 am edt (1404 utc)
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N E W S L E T T E R

from the Daily Bulletin of the Hungarian News Agency MTI
distributed by the Department for Press and International Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Hungary

H-1394, Budapest P.O.B. 423.
Telephone: 36 (1) 156-8000
Telefax: 36 (1) 156-3801
No. 62/1995                                                     28 March 1995


Ikarus to Deliver Buses to Indonesia

        Budapest, March 27 (MTI) - The Hungarian Ikarus Vehicle Manufacturing
Company has signed a USD 6.5 million contract with Indonesia on the sale of 43
buses fitted with gas-powered engines. The contract was signed today, in
Budapest, by Ikarus Director-General Andras's Smelly and Director-General of
Insan Gaya Wira Pt Don Rachman. The ceremonial signing of the contract was
also attended by Sili Hardyanti Rukmana, the daughter of Indonesian President
Mohamed Suharto.

        Ikarus's tender for the delivery of these air-conditioned buses was acc
epted
at the beginning of this year. Ikarus buses using natural gas already satisfy
the
environmental protection requirements which will be in force at the turn of the
century. The company cooperates with other firms to manufacture this new model,
for instance with the Hungarian company Raba and the German car manufacturer
Mercedes. Indonesia may also buy buses with diesel engines from Ikarus, as its
1995 budget allows the purchase of a further 200 buses. Talks about this are
going
on between Ikarus and the Indonesians.


Special Envoy's Briefing on Visit to Chechnya

        Moscow, March 27 (MTI) - The Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe (OSCE) would like to open its permanent mission in Chechnya as early
as mid-April. Through the mission, the OSCE will be better able to promote a
settlement of the crisis through negotiations, said Istvan Gyarmati, special
envoy
of the OSCE's Chairman-in-Office, at a press conference he gave in Moscow,
today. At the press conference Gyarmati gave his assessment of the situation in
Chechnya, which he visited last week.

        On Monday Gyarmati held talks with senior Russian officials to discuss
what tasks the OSCE should carry out and to define its jurisdiction. Gyarmati
said
he was hopeful that an agreement could be reached on the establishment of the
mission. In the middle of the week, the OSCE's Vienna-based Permanent Council
will decide whether to set up the mission.

        There is no military solution to the crisis in Chechnya, only a politic
al one,
Gyarmati stressed.

        In the OSCE's view, there should be an immediate, unconditional cease-
fire. Although diplomacy cannot produce fast results while a war is going on,
negotiations could still be held now. According to information available at
present,
it is unlikely that a cease-fire will be agreed to in the near future, Gyarmati
continued.

        Speaking of his on-the-spot experiences, Gyarmati said that none of the

forces in Grozny and other parts of Chechnya are in total command of the
situation, which is unstable and uncertain. Currently the central authorities
are
mainly in control, as the caretaker government has not set up local
organizations.
Later on, local organizations should play the biggest role in monitoring the
situation, in reconstruction and in the re-establishment of law and order, the
special envoy said.

        Gyarmati described Russia's readiness to cooperate with the OSCE in
settling the crisis as a historic step.


Privatization Minister Meets EU Ambassadors

        Budapest, March 27 (MTI) - Today, in Budapest, Privatization Minister
Tamas Suchman met the ambassadors to Hungary of the member states of the
European Union to brief them on the government's privatization strategy and on
the privatization bill.

        French ambassador Francois Nicoullaud told journalists after the meetin
g,
that in the view of the EU member states the most important requirements were
that the privatization process should be clear and have stable conditions
attached
to it. The EU member states trust the Hungarian government's new team in charge
of the economy and strongly hope that they will be able to achieve their aims.

        The privatization minister told the press that he had assured the
ambassadors, that the government's determination to see the privatization
process
through to the end is unchanged.


Hungarian PM Meets HDUR Leader

        Budapest, March 27 (MTI) - Hungarian PM Gyula Horn and Hungarian
Democratic Union of Romania (HDUR) head Bela Marko met today for the first
time after the Pact on Stability in Europe in Paris was signed and the
Hungarian-
Romanian basic treaty failed.

        Marko told journalists the discussion was part of an agreement between
him and Horn to exchange views from time to time.

        He said ethnic Hungarians in Romania would be happy with a bilateral
treaty similar to the Hungarian-Slovak treaty, but debatable interpretations
and
delaying solutions ought to be avoided. He added the basic treaty should
include
clear-cut guarantees for the implementation of fixed aims and principles. Marko
said that the basic treaty would be an important way to assert certain
fundamental
demands of Transylvanian Hungarians.

        According to Marko, Horn confirmed the Hungarian government insisted on

certain European norms being included in the Hungarian-Romanian treaty,
particularly the Council of Europe recommendation no. 1201.

        Csaba Tabajdi, parliamentary State Secretary at the Prime Minister's Of
fice
- who also attended the talks between Horn and Marko - said the Hungarian
cabinet keeps to the Paris agreement between the Hungarian and Romanian prime
ministers that expert talks on the basic treaty should continue. At the same
time,
he recalled the press conference held by the Romanian foreign minister in
Budapest before the Paris conference, where it turned out that the two sides
are at
odds not only over the recommendation no. 1201, but also over the use of
language.

        Tabajdi announced that after the recent visit to Budapest by four
+ - Ministry of Foreign Affairs - 24 March (mind) VÁLASZ  Feladó: (cikkei)

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Sajnos a Kulugyminiszterium a hirkozlemenyeket nem naponta, 
hanem nagyobb idokozonkent, nagyobb mennyisegbe tovabbitja. 
Igy elnezest kerek a rendszertelen es az oriasi terje-
delmu tovabbterjesztesert, ami valojaban nem az en hibam. 

A 26 kozlemenybol allo anyagot, egy-egy hetre feldaraboltam. 
Ket tovabbi reszt a holnapi Mozaikba hagytam.

Buchwald Amy
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N E W S L E T T E R

from the Daily Bulletin of the Hungarian News Agency MTI
distributed by the Department for Press and International Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Hungary

H-1394, Budapest P.O.B. 423.
Telephone: 36 (1) 156-8000
Telefax: 36 (1) 156-3801
No. 60/1995                                                             24 Marc
h 1995

OSCE Envoy Istvan Gyarmati in Chechnya

        Nazrany, March 23 (MTI) - Part of the seven-member delegation of the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), currently in
Chechnya under Istvan Gyarmati, are preparing to leave Nazrany, Ingushia
today for Grozny, where they will meet representatives of President Jokar
Dudaev. According to MTI information, a meeting between Gyarmati and
Dudaev is also possible.

        This is the second time an OSCE delegation, led by the Hungarian
diplomat, has visited the Chechen crisis zone with the aim of surveying
conditions for setting up a permanent mission in Chechnya to promote a
political settlement to the conflict. The OSCE
  delegates are also interested in finding out what chances the opposing
parties see for a such a settlement, and what they expect from the OSCE in
promoting this end.

        On Thursday, part of the delegation will stay on in Nazrany for a
meeting with local municipal leaders. The remaining half will travel to
Chechnya to become familiar with Dudaev's position, since Gyarmati had no
such opportunity during his previous trip.

        In a message to Russian Upper House Vice-President Ramazan
Abdulatipov, Dudaev stated he believed the crisis could only be settled by
political means. The message was read out to the OSCE delegation by Ingush
President Ruslan Aushev on Wednesday evening.

        Gyarmati agreed with Mozdok's Russian leadership and the Ingush
leaders that the main task is to end the war in view of the lack of a military
solution. However, he failed to reach terms with his negotiating partners as to
who should make the first step as both the Russian and the Chechen side
have preconditions.

        At Gyarmati's request, General Anatoly Kulikov promised, in Mozdok on
Wednesday, that they would not launch any large-scale military operations as
long as the delegation is in the region. At the same time, eyewitnesses told
MTI that Russian forces had blockaded Argun and delivered an ultimatum to
its Chechen defenders.

Rudolf Seiters Has Talks in Budapest

        Budapest, March 23 (MTI) - Today, Rudolf Seiters, member of the
German Bundestag's CDU-CSU group, met the Speaker of the Hungarian
Parliament, Zoltan Gal, and members of Parliament's Foreign Affairs and
European Integration committees.

        The Chairman of the Hungarian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee,
Matyas Eorsi, told MTI that Seiters, who is the deputy president in charge of
the foreign, security and European policies of the CDU-CSU parliamentary
group, was of the opinion that Hungary's membership of the European Union
could take place around the year 2000, while it could become a member of
NATO even earlier. Seiters confirmed that Germany is a strong supporter of
Hungary in these matters, and Budapest can count on being among the first to
gain full membership of these organizations.

        Seiters and Speaker Gal discussed the political situation in Hungary an
d
the effects of the government's stabilization programme.

        Speaking to MTI after the meeting, Gal said he had told the German
politician that the Hungarian public did not rejoice at the austerity measures,
but the government is determined to carry them out. Although there will be
some criticism, the governing parties will, in the end, support the government
in Parliament.

        Rudolf Seiters, who arrived in Budapest from Warsaw, flew to Prague
on Thursday afternoon.

Goncz to Visit United Arab Emirates and Kuwait

        Budapest, March 23 (MTI) - Hungarian President Arpad Goncz is to
travel to the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait between March 29 and April 4.
The president was invited for these official visits by the President of the
United
Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan an-Nahyan, and the Amir of Kuwait,
Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad as-Sabah, the Hungarian president's press office
announced on Thursday.

x x x x x

        It is hoped that the visit of the Hungarian president to the two Gulf s
tates
will bring success in the area of economic cooperation, for which personal
meetings with leaders of the two countries can provide a major boost.

        Hungary's political relations with the two Gulf states are very good.
These contacts have intensified particularly since the Gulf War, when
Hungary's condemnation of the occupation of Kuwait, and the sending of its
military medical personnel to Saudi Arabia as well as its role in putting out
the
oil fires, met with a favourable reaction, observers of Hungarian diplomacy
point out.

        According to foreign trade analysts the two countries, famous for their
 oil
revenues, are two of the largest importers of Hungarian products, and help to
publicise Hungarian products in the region.

        Hungary recognized the State of Kuwait in 1963, two years after it
became independent, and opened an embassy in Kuwait City in 1975. The
stability of relations is supported by a framework of agreements, for instance,
an investment protection agreement signed in 1989, and an agreement on
avoiding double taxation, signed in 1994.

        The Hungarian-Kuwaiti trade balance shows a surplus for Hungary
since Kuwait does not export to Hungary. Kuwait has invested significantly in
Hungary. There continue to be opportunities for Hungarian firms to participate
in the reconstruction of Kuwait, and to develop cooperation in the oil
industry.

        Budapest, March 23 (MTI) - Hungary's contacts with the United Arab
Emirates were limited to economic and trade cooperation until the end of the
1980s. Diplomatic relations on an ambassadorial level were established
between the two countries in 1990.

        Hungarian exports to the United Arab Emirates were the highest in
1989, when they totalled USD 25.3 million. This figure declined as a
consequence of the Gulf War, but has begun to grow slowly in the last few
years.

        The Hungarian President will be accompanied on his visit by a 25-
member delegation of economic experts and business leaders.

Cabinet Meeting - Spokesman's Briefing

        Budapest, March 23 (MTI) - At today's meeting the Hungarian Cabinet
issued a decree permitting businessmen to open foreign currency accounts
from April 1, Government Spokesman Elemer Csak told reporters today.

        The spokesman confirmed that the government did not intend to impose
any restrictions on the use of foreign currency and had absolutely no intention
of freezing accounts.

        Minister of Agriculture Laszlo Lakos said the government had looked
again at the implementation of compensation laws.

        The government will put before Parliament amendments to the existing
legislation, which, it is hoped, will generate a sufficient supply of assets to
compensate those eligible, including land, life annuities and company shares,
the minister said.

        Since the government is unable to offer land in sufficient quantity or
quality to all claimants, the privatization package, including shares in
attractive
companies, is expected to play a major role in compensation, Lakos said.

        The minister said that so far 1,864,518 people had filed compensation
claims and of these, 210,000 claims still have to be decided.

        Budapest, March 23 (MTI) - The government is to put before Parliament
a bill on the use of national symbols. This question has until now been
regulated by a government decree.

        The bill recognizes the dual function of national symbols: they symboli
ze
statehood on the one hand, and express affiliation to the nation on the other.

        The bill lays down stricter rules for the use of the national coat-of-a
rms
than for the national flag, because the former is more closely linked to
statehood.

        If adopted, the new law will prohibit both private individuals in the
exercise of their professions, and companies, from using the coat-of-arms as a
logo or part of a logo.

        The law will permit the national flag to be used widely.

        The Cabinet also made a decision on personnel: at the initiative of the

Director-General of the Hungarian News Agency MTI, it has terminated the
appointment of MTI Deputy Director-General Geza Szebelledy, with effect from
today.


Horn's Answer to Catholic Bishops" Conference

        Budapest, March 23 (MTI) - Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Horn today
sent a letter to Istvan Seregely, Archbishop of Eger, answering the March 17
statement of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops" Conference in which they
expressed concern over the austerity measures announced by the
government on March 12.

        In Horn's view, the government's austerity package is not aimed against

families. Its goal is to restore economic stability and create the conditions
for
sustained economic growth.

        Although forced to make cuts in welfare spending, the government has
paid great attention to the principles of equal sharing of burdens and social
justice.

        Welfare allowances will only be withdrawn from families which can cover

the costs of raising children from their own incomes.

        Simultaneously, allowances for those really in need, such as large
families, will actually increase.

        "I can assure you that the government feels and assumes responsibility
for the future of the country," Horn writes.

        For the time being, the nation should give priority to preventing
economic and financial instability. This requires every citizen and all public
and
private institutions and organizations to make sacrifices and to work together
for the common good.

        The prime minister asked the Catholic bishops to play an active role in

these efforts.

NATO Scientific Council Meets in Budapest

        Budapest, March 23 (MTI) - The Scientific Council of NATO is holding a
session in Budapest, the first one outside Brussels.

        "The choice of Budapest as a venue is an indication that NATO
recognizes the high standard of Hungarian science and research and its
intention to join the alliance," Jean-Marie Cadiou, NATO Deputy Secretary-
General, said.

        Opening the session, Istvan Szent-Ivanyi, Parliamentary State Secretary

of Foreign Affairs, confirmed Hungary's intention to become a NATO member
as soon as possible.

        Both the ongoing reform of the armed forces and the adjustment of
military training to NATO standards were motivated by this intention, he said.

        The two-day session, attended by representatives of 16 NATO
countries and 22 partner states, will discuss how the partners" scientific and
technological infrastructure used for military purposes during the Cold War can
be transformed to satisfy the requirements of the market economy.

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N E W S L E T T E R

from the Daily Bulletin of the Hungarian News Agency MTI
distributed by the Department for Press and International Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Hungary

H-1394, Budapest P.O.B. 423.
Telephone: 36 (1) 156-8000
Telefax: 36 (1) 156-3801
No. 64/1995                                                             30 Marc
h 1995


Defence Minister to Visit London


        Budapest, March 29 (MTI) - Hungarian Defence Minister Gyorgy Keleti wil
l
travel to London on Sunday to pay a four-day official visit at the invitation
of his
British counterpart, Malcolm Rifkind.

        According to information given to MTI by the Defence Ministry today, th
e two
ministers will discuss ways of developing links between the Hungarian and
British
armed forces. In addition, Keleti would like to hear the British view on
Hungary's
possible membership of NATO. The two ministers are also expected to discuss the
possibilities for native English teachers to teach English at the Partnership
for
Peace language teaching center which is to open in Budapest in September. The
talks will also cover what preparations are required for the British-German-
Hungarian military exercise that will be held in Hungary in October under the
auspices of the Partnership for Peace programme.

        The Hungarian minister will visit an infantry training center and deliv
er a
lecture on Hungary's plans to integrate into NATO. He will meet Minister of
State
Douglas Hogg, as well as representatives of the Defence Committee of the House
of Commons. He will also hold talks with senior figures in the defence
industry.

Kuncze and Loeschnak Hold Press Conference


        Vienna, March 29 (MTI) - Separate lanes will be set up for EU citizens,

Hungarians and citizens arriving from other countries at Hungarian-Austrian
border
stations, Hungarian Minister of the Interior Gabor Kuncze and his Austrian
counterpart Franz Loeschnak agreed at their meeting in Vienna today.

        At a joint press conference after the meeting it was announced that at
Gyor,
at the start of April, experts would meet to work out how to put the agreement
into
practice. At those stations where conditions allow it, three lanes could be
introduced quite quickly, prior to the start of the summer tourist season.

        Minister of the Interior Loeschnak said lanes to separate border traffi
c
cannot be set up before Easter, since the talks about this are not scheduled to
finish before the end of May.

        The Austrian minister said the authorities in Burgenland did not plan t
o
reinforce checks in the near future to screen illegal entrants similar to the
way they
had two weeks ago, meaning that no repetition of the congestion experienced
then
is expected.

        An agreement on expulsions, ratified by the Hungarian Parliament in lat
e
February, was also discussed on Wednesday. This agreement will take effect once
the ratification documents have been exchanged.

        In the near future a comprehensive intergovernmental agreement on
combating organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism will be ready for
signing.

        Negotiations on a bilateral agreement on cooperation in the event of
disasters are also making good progress.

        Both ministers consider the new agreements important, although they sai
d
cooperation in combating crime is already excellent, thanks in part to the work
of
the joint police academy - which has in the meantime expanded to become a
Central European institution.

Kuncze's Press Conference in Vienna


        Vienna, March 25 (MTI) - The Hungarian home political and economic
situation was the main topic at an international press conference held by
Hungarian
Minister of the Interior Gabor Kuncze, coalition Deputy Prime Minister, in the
Hungarian Embassy in Vienna on Wednesdays.

        Answering questions, Kuncze said the Alliance of Free Democrats (AFD),
the junior member of the government coalition, agrees with the trend of the
austerity
government programme. As regards the concrete issues, it is aware that debates
will come about.

        Coordination has begun, and there is full agreement between the coaliti
on
partners in that action had to be taken, in the interest of stabilization,
Kuncze said.

        As regards Hungary's basic agreements with its neighbours, Kuncze said
the document signed with Slovakia is the best that could be attained in the
current
situation.

        He said the presentation of an interpretation statement by Slovakia
immediately before the signing of the agreement was unprecedented.

        As regards talks with the Romanian side, Kuncze said those got off to a

promising start, but came to a standstill due to changes in the Romanian
position.
Coordination is in progress, the Minister of the Interior added.

Prime Minister Horn on Stabilization Package


        Budapest, March 29 (MTI) - The government is disposed to hold
consultations on matters affecting the economic stabilization package, but
cannot
let its principles and spirit be diluted, said Prime Minister Gyula Horn at a
business
luncheon which the American and British Chamber of Commerce organized for 300
British and American businessmen today.

        Prime Minister Horn said the package was of vital importance because it

would help Hungary to catch up with the advanced countries. The package aims to
produce both economic growth and the economic stability indispensable for such
growth.

        The government will submit to Parliament amendments to existing
legislation in three stages, and would like to see Parliament give them
priority so
that they can be passed before the end of May.

        Prime Minister Horn told the businessmen the government has major
political support for the implementation of its package. The two coalition
parties and
their parliamentary groups, and most of the supporters and members of the
Hungarian Socialist Party and the Alliance of Free Democrats support it.

        There had also been a positive reaction from abroad, said the Prime
Minister, mentioning a message sent by Chancellor Kohl on Tuesday in which he
expressed satisfaction with the measures proposed by the Hungarian government.

        Horn said he understood the bitterness of those who would be affected b
y
the austerity measures, but the great changes that the country was facing could
never be carried out without making sacrifices.

        In his speech at the lunch hosted by the American and the British Chamb
er
of Commerce on Wednesday, Prime Minister Gyula Horn went on to stress that the
steps aimed at economic growth would not be effective without the stabilization
measures.

        He said the fight against inflation was the most important in the short
-term,
which is why the exchange rate adjustment, which will help growth but also
stimulate inflation, was only decided on after long deliberations.

        As regards the government's economic policy measures, Horn said: "Our
policies are necessary for membership of the European Union. A significant
result
is that the questions relating to privatization have been settled. We would
like to see
the law on privatization passed in the first half of April. The Cabinet will
decide on
concrete measures to channel the black economy into legal economic activities,
and about family allowances and other child benefits when it meets on Thursday.

        Preparation of the modernization programme, which can be termed the
programme necessary for membership of the EU, has entered an intensive stage.
The government plans to complete the three-year economic and political
programme that forms its backbone well before Parliament's summer recess.

        Having signed the basic agreement with Slovakia, we are still negotiati
ng
with the Romanian government, and, if we can resolve the situation along our
southern borders, we are ready to conclude further similar agreements," Horn
said.

        Horn went on to note that a considerable part of the Hungarian foreign
trade
deficit originates from Eastern deals, therefore it is important to find
constructions
with Russia and Hungary's direct neighbours that ensure that imports be
counterbalanced with exports.

        Horn said he will travel to the United States on June 4, meeting an inv
itation
from President Bill Clinton. He is scheduled to visit New York, Washington and
Chicago, and meet with businessmen. "I would like the Minister of Finance and
the
President of the National Bank of Hungary to accompany me," he said.

        In conclusion, Horn said the risks have declined in Hungary, "which is
why I
recommend to businessmen to invest in Hungary".

Hungarian-Ukrainian Minority Committee Session


        Budapest, March 29 (MTI) - The 5th session of the Hungarian-Ukrainian
Minority Joint Committee, which ended in Budapest on Wednesday, clearly
indicates that the minority issue can be the basis of successful cooperation
between two countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the political State
Secretary
of the Hungarian Prime Minister's Office, Csaba Tabajdi, said in Budapest on
Wednesday.

        Tabajdi, Chairman of the joint committee's Hungarian section, and Ukrai
nian
Minister of National Minorities and Migration, Mykola Shulha, Chairman of the
Ukrainian section, signed the protocol of the session before the press. The
document formulates new recommendations for the governments of the two
countries.

        At a press conference following the session, the President of the Offic
e for
Hungarians Beyond the Border, Laszlo Labody, said representatives of the
minorities - Ukrainians in Hungary and Hungarians in Sub-Carpathia - had
attended
the session as equal members, alongside officials of the two countries"
ministries
concerned and local authority leaders of the border towns.

        Minister Shulha said Ukraine, home to many ethnic groups, strives to at
tain
integration by taking the diverse cultures into consideration. The Kiev
government
intends to ensure self-identity to all ethnic groups, including the 164,000
Hungarians.

        Evaluating the session, Tabajdi said the joint committee has proven to
be an
effective cooperation form. The model openness of the Ukrainian side, which
made
it possible for representatives of the minority organizations to attend,
further
intensifies this.

        Tabajdi highly appreciated the Ukrainian minority law, which includes t
he
notion of cultural and national autonomy, as the implementation of minority
autonomy is inconceivable without this.

        The protocol of the joint committee session welcomes the conclusion of
the
Council of Europe's Minority Protection Framework Agreement. It considers the
validity of the principles included in recommendation 1201 of the Council of
Europe's Parliamentary Assembly to be important.

        The protocol sets down that Hungary will support Ukraine's membership i
n
the Council of Europe.

Goncz's Talks in Abu Dhabi


        Abu Dhabi, March 29 (MTI) - Hungarian President Arpad Goncz and Sheikh
Zayed bin Sultan an-Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, held a
private
meeting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday evening, prior to the gala dinner hosted in
the
Hungarian President's honour.

        Presidential spokesman Andras Farago said Goncz gave a review of
Hungary's political and economic situation and outlined Hungary's intention for
Euro-Atlantic membership. President Goncz also defined closer contacts with the
Middle East region among the important efforts.

        Discussing bilateral relations, Goncz pointed out several areas in whic
h
contacts can, according to the Hungarian concepts, be intensified: energy
industry,
the delivery of transport means, agriculture, and investments in Hungary.

        Sheikh Sultan an-Nayan ensured the Hungarian intentions of his support,

and authorized his experts, already during the talks, to shortly open talks in
these
themes.

        President Goncz invited Sheikh Sultan an-Nahyan for a visit to Hungary.

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N E W S L E T T E R

from the Daily Bulletin of the Hungarian News Agency MTI
distributed by the Department for Press and International Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Hungary

H-1394, Budapest P.O.B. 423.
Telephone: 36 (1) 156-8000
Telefax: 36 (1) 156-3801
No. 63/1995                                                             29 Marc
h 1995

Horn Receives Ukrainian Minister


        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - Prime Minister Gyula Horn today received in
his
office the Ukrainian Minister of National Minorities and Migration Mykola A.
Shulha.

        The Ukrainian politician later told reporters that the talks had been a
bout
political questions relating to ethnic minority protection, with special regard
to the
protection of the Ukrainian minority living in Hungary and the Hungarian
minority living
in Ukraine.

        Csaba Tabajdi, parliamentary state secretary at the Prime Minister's Of
fice,
told reporters that Prime Minister Horn had pressed for the earliest possible
drafting of
Hungarian-Ukrainian agreements on the protection of investments and in the
field of
culture, and for close cooperation between the authorities of both countries to
combat
illegal trade and the Mafia.

        The planned visit by Prime Minister Horn to Ukraine in May was also
discussed.

Hungarian Ministers Hold Talks in Germany


        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - Hungarian Minister of Transport,
Telecommunications and Water Management Karoly Lotz held talks about German
assistance to be provided to Hungarian infrastructural projects, and German
participation in Hungarian privatization, in Bonn on Monday and Tuesday.

        He discussed the Hungarian motorway development concepts and German
participation in these with his host, German Minister of Transport Matthias
Wissmann.
        Wissman announced the German government would also examine the
possibilities for granting preferential loans to Hungary.

        Lotz mentioned the difficulties facing Hungary in view of the implement
ation
of
the Schengen agreement, and Austria's future joining of the agreement.

        Minister Wissman promised to examine how the European Union could help
to
create the Hungarian infrastructural conditions for implementation. The sides
agreed
to shortly sign an agreement setting down the legal frameworks of passenger
transportation by road, through which many current problems can be clarified.

        Hungarian Minister of Industry and Trade Laszlo Pal held talks about
developing economic cooperation between Hungary and the German province of
Baden-Wurttemberg, in Stuttgart on Tuesday.

        Pal's discussions with Land Minister of Economics Dieter Spori included
 the
topics of technical and technological assistance, and assistance for Hungarian
small
ventures to be provided by Baden-Wurttemberg.


NATO General's Talks in Budapest


        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - Preparations for the joint Hungarian-British
-
German military exercise to be held in Hungary in October are going according
to
schedule, in the framework of the NATO Partnership for Peace programme,
according
to General Marinus J. Wilmink, Commander of NATO Allied Forces Central European
Ground Troops.

        The General concluded his three-day visit to Hungary on Tuesday. Prior
to
leaving Hungary, he was received by the political State Secretary of the
Ministry of
Defence, Istvan Fodor, according to information from the Ministry of Defence.

        General Wilmink said he had visited the venues of the military exercise
, and
the designated Hungarian units, and found everything in order.

        He announced that NATO's brigade staff will direct nine battalion staff
s of
differing nationalities during the exercise.

        Fodor asked the general that NATO standards be applied during the exerc
ise
in order for Hungarian soldiers to master these as early as possible.
Verbal Note in Reply to Slovaks


        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - Today, the Hungarian Foreign Ministry presen
ted
a verbal note to the counselor of the Slovak embassy in Budapest. This was in
response to the note on the Hungarian-Slovak basic treaty presented by the
Slovak
Foreign Ministry on March 19.

        Spokesman Gabor Szentivanyi told journalists at his regular Tuesday pre
ss
briefing that Hungary highly appreciates the signing in Paris by the prime
ministers of
Hungary and Slovakia of the treaty on good neighbourly relations and friendly
cooperation between the two countries, and it was convinced that the document
represents a considerable step forward with regard to the defence of the rights
of
persons belonging to national minorities. Hungary considers it undesirable that
a
pointless dispute on interpretation should arise about the basic treaty.

        Ambassador Istvan Gyarmati, envoy of the chairman in office of the OSCE
,
who went straight from the airport to attend the press briefing, said that at
present
there was a greater danger of the war spilling over from Chechnya to
neighbouring
republics than there had been six weeks ago.

        Gyarmati who had been on a fact-finding visit to Moscow and to the war
zone,
expressed the hope that an OSCE mission, operated by six people, could begin to
operate in Chechnya in the middle of April.


Foreign Ministry Press Briefing


        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - Foreign affairs spokesman Gabor Szentivanyi
said
at his regular press briefing today, that the Foreign Ministry was in permanent
contact
with the Austrian authorities to ensure a smooth flow of traffic at their joint
border and
that Hungary had requested further high level consultations.

        He added that a smooth flow of border traffic was primarily a question
of
resources, and so Hungary and Austria intend to avail themselves of support
from the
European Union to modernize their border stations.

        The Schengen agreement, which began to be applied by seven West
European members of the EU last weekend, does not constitute a discriminatory
measure against Hungarian travelers. It only means that checks will be made on
cars,
on the personal identity of travelers and that they have sufficient finances.
        The spokesman announced that Foreign Minister Laszlo Kovacs, as chairma
n-
in-office of the OSCE, would report on its activity, in Prague, at the first
session of the
executive council of the OSCE on March 30 and 31.

        He recalled that in the wake of the structural change decided at the Bu
dapest
summit meeting, this body has replaced the so-called Commission of Senior
Officials.

        A new European security model, contained in the document approved in
Budapest, would be the main topic of discussion in Prague.


Hungary, Austria to Discuss Border Controls


        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - The Hungarian Frontier Guards expect
Wednesday's talks between the Hungarian and Austrian interior ministers to
clarify
the conditions of border crossings in the long term.

        Colonel Attila Krisan, spokesman for the guards, told MTI on Tuesday th
at the
central issue of the discussions to be held by Hungarian Interior Minister
Gabor
Kuncze and his Austrian counterpart Francz Loschnak in Niskelsdorf on Wednesday
will be how delays at the Hungarian-Austrian border can be reduced to a
minimum.
The Schengen agreement which came into force on Sunday does not bind Austria
yet
to thoroughly check those crossing its eastern borders, but as a full member of
the
European Union it is obviously expected to do so. The implementation of tighter
controls is expected to cause major delays at Hungarian-Austrian border posts.

        It would be desirable if the two countries could reach an agreement bef
ore the
Easter rush. This would enable border post commanders to speed up border
crossings by opening temporary lanes, Krisan said. Plans include, for instance,
the
opening of a fast lane for the citizens of EU member states and Hungarians, he
added.


Interior Minister to Visit Vienna


        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - During his one-day visit to Vienna on Wednes
day,
Hungarian Minister of the Interior Gabor Kuncze will meet his Austrian
counterpart to
discuss the border traffic problems that have come about in the wake of
Austria's
entry to the European Union and its application of the Schengen agreement. This
information was given to MTI today by the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior.
        Kuncze and his host, Austrian Minister of the Interior Franz Loschnak,
will
review the state of several agreements still being drafted, and will discuss
current
issues of cooperation between the interior organizations of the two countries.

        The ministers are to hold an international press conference at noon on
Wednesday, to give an account of their talks. In the afternoon, Kuncze, in his
capacity
as Deputy Prime Minister, will take part in a discussion with the press at the
Hungarian Embassy in Vienna.

        "Recently, the talks of all Hungarian politicians visiting Austria have
 been
aimed at preventing a situation which could overshadow the traditionally good
Hungarian-Austrian relations by the possible stricter regulation introduced
against
Hungarian citizens at the Hungaro-Austrian border", according to Hungarian
Minister
of the Interior Gabor Kuncze.

        Kuncze gave an interview to MTI's correspondent on Tuesday, prior to hi
s visit
to Vienna on Wednesday.

        He said he had decided months ago to review the border issues with Aust
rian
Minister of the Interior Franz Loschnak, after Austria's membership in the
European
Union. However, the problems that have come about on the Hungaro-Austrian
border,
mainly the several hours-long waiting times of a weeks ago, lend particular
timeliness
to his current talks.

        According to Kuncze, the methods with which such lengthy waiting period
s can
be avoided, particularly in the tourism season, must definitely be found.

        Hungary would like for the citizens of the two neighbouring countries t
o be
able
to continue crossing the border under the same conditions as in the past.
Kuncze said
he was optimistic in this respect, and believes there can be no obstacles in
the way of
this.


Goncz to Leave for Gulf States on Wednesday

        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - Hungarian President Arpad Goncz is to travel
 to
the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait between March 29 and April 4. The president
was invited for these official visits by the President of the United Arab
Emirates,
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan an-Nahyan, and the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber
al-Ahmad
as-Sabah, the Hungarian president's press office announced on Thursday.

        It is hoped that the visit of the Hungarian president to the two Gulf s
tates
will
bring success in the area of economic cooperation, for which personal meetings
with
leaders of the two countries can provide a major boost.

        Hungary's political relations with the two Gulf states are very good. T
hese
contacts have intensified particularly since the Gulf War, when Hungary's
condemnation of the occupation of Kuwait, and the sending of its military
medical
personnel to Saudi Arabia as well as its role in putting out the oil fires, met
with a
favourable reaction, observers of Hungarian diplomacy point out.

        According to foreign trade analysts the two countries, famous for their
 oil
revenues, are two of the largest importers of Hungarian products, and help to
publicize Hungarian products in the region.

        Hungary recognized the State of Kuwait in 1963, two years after it beca
me
independent, and opened an embassy in Kuwait City in 1975. The stability of
relations
is supported by a framework of agreements, for instance, an investment
protection
agreement signed in 1989, and an agreement on avoiding double taxation, signed
in
1994.

        The Hungarian-Kuwaiti trade balance shows a surplus for Hungary since
Kuwait does not export to Hungary. Kuwait has invested significantly in
Hungary.
There continue to be opportunities for Hungarian firms to participate in the
reconstruction of Kuwait, and to develop cooperation in the oil industry.

        Hungary's contacts with the United Arab Emirates were limited to econom
ic
and trade cooperation until the end of the 1980s. Diplomatic relations on an
ambassadorial level were established between the two countries in 1990.

        Hungarian exports to the United Arab Emirates were the highest in 1989,
 when
they totaled USD 25.3 million. This figure declined as a consequence of the
Gulf War,
but has begun to grow slowly in the last few years.

        The Hungarian President will be accompanied on his visit by a 25-member

delegation of economic experts and business leaders.

Parliament's Tuesday Workday


        Budapest, March 28 (MTI) - At its plenary session on Tuesday, members o
f
Hungarian Parliament approved the parliamentary resolution proposals on the
promulgation of the agreements concluded on encouraging investments between
Hungary and the Czech Republic, and Hungary and Slovakia.

        During prime minister's question time, the Chairman of the Independent
Smallholders Party, Jozsef Torgyan, asked Prime Minister Gyula Horn about the
foreign language he had used during his talks with Slovak Prime Minister
Vladimir
Meciar about the Hungarian-Slovak basic agreement, because so many
interpretation
debates cropped up about the text the moment it was signed.

        Due to the prime minister's other engagements, Foreign Minister Laszlo
Kovacs answered the question. Kovacs said the talks were held in Hungarian and
Slovak, with the participation of interpreters.

        He said the interpretation of the texts is clear. The Hungarian governm
ent
does
not wish to enter into legal or contract interpretation debates. He added the
agreement
should be implemented rather than interpreted. The Hungarian government has
informed the Slovak side about this position in the form of a verbal memo.

        MP Miklos Gaspar of the Christian Democratic People's Party asked the
foreign minister about the steps taken by the government against Romanian
propaganda that distorts the situation of the minorities.

        Gaspar raised the question because CNN news, carrying a clip taken from

Romanian Television, commented about Transylvanian Hungarians and Hungarian
foreign policy in a very uncomplimentary manner.

        Kovacs said Hungary regularly informs the international press in detail
 about
the plans of the Hungarian government. Hungarian politicians also place
emphasis on
familiarizing the people of Romania with the efforts of the Hungarian
government.

        As regards the Hungarian-Romanian basic agreement, Foreign Minister
Kovacs stressed the Hungarian government does intend to conclude a basic
agreement, one that settles the situation of the minorities and relations
between the
two countries in a way that accords to the international norms.

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N E W S L E T T E R

from the Daily Bulletin of the Hungarian News Agency MTI
distributed by the Department for Press and International Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Hungary

H-1394, Budapest P.O.B. 423.
Telephone: 36 (1) 156-8000
Telefax: 36 (1) 156-3801
No. 61/1995                                                             27 Marc
h 1995

Horn Meets Kozyrev


        Budapest, March 24 (MTI) - Prime Minister Gyula Horn had a more than 60
-
minute meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev Friday afternoon.

        Foreign Ministry State Secretary Ferenc Somogyi told reporters afterwar
ds that
the two politicians had looked at new European security structures rather than
discussed bilateral issues.

        Kozyrev confirmed his country's view that Hungary joining NATO is Hunga
ry's
sovereign decision. He repeated that Moscow had no reservations about Hungary
joining NATO in due course.

        Moscow feels however, while expanding NATO, the Russian public must be
persuaded that this NATO is different from 40 years ago.

        Hungary said that of NATO's original functions, defence against an exte
rnal
enemy is no longer at the forefront of attention, as it has been replaced by
the
representation of democracy and stability.

        At the same time Kozyrev said NATO should be expanded without isolating

any countries.

        Somogyi added that Russia continues to see itself as a global player, a
nd
wants to see no surprises during NATO expansion.

Kozyrev, Kovacs Give Press Briefing


        Budapest, March 24 (MTI) - The Central Eastern European countries and
Hungary must clearly see Russian intentions, that Moscow is not threatening
anybody, nor does it want to veto anything, Russian Foreign Minister Andrei
Kozyrev
said at a press briefing he jointly staged with Hungarian Foreign Minister
Laszlo
Kovacs after their talks Friday afternoon.
        He said that Russia feels an unbalanced expansion of NATO should be
avoided in case of misunderstandings.

        Kovacs said Russia displayed a very open approach to a planned expansio
n of
NATO, and Russia hopes that European security will be taken into consideration
during this project.

        Kovacs said the difference is that Hungary stresses the positive aspect
s of
expansion, while Russia fears its negative impact.

        Other topics discussed included the Chechen crisis, the OSCE's mission
to
Mountainous Karabakh, and the Yugoslav conflict.

        Kozyrev reportedly praised Hungary's work as OSCE chairman in an office

which is becoming more effective. He said the Russian model for European
security
would be discussed by a conference of senior OSCE officials in Paris at the end
of
this month.

        Kozyrev said that with this model his country seeks a dialogue for a co
mmon
Europe and a structure that serves to satisfy all sides and countries
concerned.

        He said the status of the Russian national minority in the Baltic and i
n other
regions gave rise for concern.

        On the mission in Chechnya of Hungarian ambassador Istvan Gyarmati, env
oy
of Kovacs, the chairman in office of OSCE, he said the Hungarian envoy had a
very
clear mandate, since he must first try for a cease-fire, before negotiations
can start on
setting up a new political structure, local councils, a provisional government,
and free
elections - on the basis of the Russian constitution.

        Kozyrev confirmed press reports that Russia had new ideas for solving t
he
Yugoslav crisis, but gave no details, saying that Russia wants to discuss those
with
the international contact group.

        However, he did say that the aim was not to do away with the past
agreements, but to build on those.

        Kozyrev finished his talks in Budapest Friday evening.

Coexistence General Assembly - Tabajdi


        Dunajska Streda, March 25 (MTI) - "The Hungarian national minority of
Slovakia can unanimously count on the Hungarian government in attaining its
just
demands and safeguarding its identity," the political State Secretary of the
Hungarian
Prime Minister's Office, Csaba Tabajdi, said in his speech to the National
General
Assembly of the Coexistence movement of Slovakia, held this weekend in
Dunaszerdahely (Dunajska Streda).

        Tabajdi stressed: "We sympathize with, and continuously follow the task
s and
difficulties facing the Hungarians in Slovakia.

        "We wish to assist this with the political, economic, legal, interest
protection,
cultural and diplomatic means at our disposal, because we fully support the
just
demand that the sincere intention of the Hungarians in Slovakia be realized,
whereby
they be able to coexist with the Slovak nation as citizens of Slovakia, as a
national
community, as integral state-forming factor."

        The state secretary said "the Hungarian government treats the three par
ties of
the Slovak Hungarian Coalition as a partner, and strives to integrate their
just
demands into Hungarian foreign policy."

        Discussing the Hungarian-Slovak basic agreement, he said the document "
is a
framework, a means whose worth will be gauged by what is realized from it.

        "The Hungarian government strives to attain that all measures of the ba
sic
agreement be realized."



Minister of Industry and Trade in Bavaria


        Bonn, March 25 (MTI) - Hungarian Minister of Industry and Trade Laszlo
Pal
held talks about ways to expand Hungarian-Bavarian economic cooperation, in
Passau where he attended the opening of the Spring Fair.

        Hungary is the Guest of Honour at the Fair, held for the 48th time this
 year.

        The Prime Minister of the Bavarian province, Edmund Stoiber, said in hi
s
opening that Hungarian-Bavarian relations had shown a dynamic development in
the
past period.

        The share of Bavaria in Hungarian-German trade is nearly 25 per cent.

        The value of Hungarian exports to Bavaria was more than USD 900 million
 in
1994. Nearly 1,300 Bavarian firms have set up joint ventures in Hungary.

        Minister Pal met with several political and economic leaders of the Sou
th
Bavarian region, then held talks with leaders of major German firms that have
relations with Hungary, or are involved in Hungarian investments.


HSP National Party Conference - Horn, Bokros


        Budapest, March 26 (MTI) - The government decided about the economic an
d
welfare restrictive package of measures, announced on March 12, after lengthy
professional and political preparatory work. The cabinet passed resolutions
which
serve to avoid possible emergency situations, Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula
Horn,
Chairman of the Hungarian Socialist Party (HSP), said on Sunday, at the
national
conference of the party in Budapest.

        Horn rejected the objections, whereby the cabinet had resorted to the m
eans of
restriction in a hasty and impromptu manner.

        The truth is that the decision had been maturing for several months, he
 said.

        In the course of the parliamentary debate over the 1995 budget last Dec
ember,
it was announced that a supplementary budget would sooner or later become
necessary. And the Ministry of Finance indicated, in the first weeks of
January, that
adjustments will be necessary in view of the deteriorating situation of the
budget.

        The draft of the Ministry was prepared by the end of January. This prop
osed
austerity in order to lay the foundations of economic growth, accompanied by
measures that almost without exception affected the welfare expenditures.

        The Prime Minister also announced that Hungary's international partners
, for
instance, the financial organizations that ensure the financing of the country,
proposed
an even more radical "diet".

        As regards the reactions to the decisions, the Prime Minister said the
introduction of the duty surcharge and the 9 per cent devaluation of the forint
were, in
general, favourably received, mainly by the entrepreneurs and the employers. At
the
same time, there is great resistance to the decisions that concern the welfare
sphere
and state administration.

        Horn then went on to analyze how the March 12 decisions of the governme
nt
fit into the coalition and the HSP programme.

        In his view, the economic steps are fully in concert with these program
mes.

        However, the welfare measures are contradictory to the original princip
les,
which is why the party manifesto will eventually be adjusted to the changed
circumstances.

        Horn said it was regrettable that no cooperation has come about between
 the
opposition and the government. And he said it was alarming that national and
social-
welfare demagogy has surfaced in Hungary, in linking the conclusion of the
Hungarian-Slovak basic agreement and the current government measures.

        In his address to the party conference, Minister of Finance Lajos Bokro
s said
the anxieties of the public in the wake of the government's March 12 decision
are
exaggerated.

        He said the Ministry of Finance has not as yet agreed with the Ministry
 of
Welfare in all elements of the cuts that affect the welfare area.

        However, there is full consensus between the ministries in that the
restrictions
affect only the upper 20 per cent of society, 80 per cent will continue to
enjoy the
allowances granted in the past.

        Bokros noted that 27 per cent of the GDP is spent on the welfare sphere
 in
Hungary, and Sweden is the only country in Europe that has a higher proportion
than
this.

        The package plan does not contain unilateral restrictive measures, it r
ather
gives preference to the entrepreneurial sector as that is the only sphere whose
investments can lay the foundations for growth, the Minister of Finance said.


IMF on Hungarian Restrictive Measures


        Washington, March 26 (MTI) - The Board of Directors of the Internationa
l
Monetary Fund (IMF) is of the opinion that the recently announced Hungarian
economic and financial measures point in the correct direction.

        At the same time, a position was also formulated whereby the steps were

taken too late, consequently they must be seen through speedily as the further
indebtedness of the country can no longer be financed.

        This was the first time that Hungarian economy was reviewed since the
socialist-liberal government came to power (1994), coming after the recent
visit of an
IMF delegation to Budapest.

        According to IMF officials on Sunday, contributors at the Board of Dire
ctors
session stressed that the process of external indebtedness must be halted, and
implementation of the budget reforms must be launched, including the
reorganization
of the entire social insurance system.


General Marinus J. Wilmink in Budapest


        Budapest, March 26 (MTI) - General Marinus J. Wilmink, Commander of
NATO Allied Forces Central European Ground Troops, arrived in Budapest at the
head of a delegation on Sunday, for a two day official visit.

        He is meeting an invitation from Colonel-General Janos Deak, Commander
of
the Hungarian Army, the Hungarian Ministry of Defence Press Office informed
MTI.

        During his visit, the General will be informed about the ground troops
of the
Hungarian Army, and the concept of transforming these into a NATO-type military
organization.

        General Wilmink is scheduled to visit the designated venues of the Hung
arian-
British-German staff leadership exercise to be held this autumn.

        The General is expected to be received by the political State Secretary
 of the
Ministry of Defence, Istvan Fodor.

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