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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 156, 14 August 1998

MECIAR INVITES FOREIGN OBSERVERS FOR ELECTIONS... Foreign
Ministry spokesman Milan Tokar on 13 August said Prime
Minister Vladimir Meciar has invited observers from 18
countries to monitor the 25-26 September parliamentary
elections, CTK reported. He said the list does not include
observers from the Czech Republic and Hungary. Slovakia's
relation with both of those countries are strained. Tokar
told CTK that the Foreign Ministry is convinced that the
cabinet will approve an invitation to the OSCE to send
observers. This invitation has been repeatedly postponed, and
the opposition has strongly criticized the government for the
delay, saying OSCE observers should have been invited three
months before the elections, which is the usual procedure. MS

...COMMENTS ON RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBORS. Speaking on Slovak
Television on 12 August, Meciar said he would be content if
relations with the Czech Republic were "normal," rather than
"above normal," as some Czech politicians say they must be.
He argued that relations are in fact "below normal" owing to
political developments in the neighboring country, CTK
reported. Meciar said Czechs have not implemented the
agreement on the division of Czechoslovak federal property
reached by himself and former Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus at
their meeting in Piestany in fall 1997. With regard to
Slovak-Hungarian relations, he said there is "no reason for
optimism" because Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban's
policies on Hungarian minorities abroad "represent a step
backward." Meciar said the basic treaty with Hungary does not
entitle Budapest to interfere in internal Slovak affairs, and
he criticized the Orban cabinet's readiness to support
demands for autonomy for Slovakia's ethnic Hungarians,
Hungarian media reported. MS

HUNGARY WANTS NEW TALKS ON GABCIKOVO-NAGYMAROS. The
government will soon appoint a new commissioner to tackle the
controversy with Bratislava over the construction of the
Gabcikovo-Nagymaros dam. The controversy has arisen over the
September 1997 decision of the International Court of Justice
in The Hague, an environmental expert of the ruling
Federation of Young Democrats-Hungarian Civic Party said on
state television on 13 August. Laszlo Szekely said the
decision does not oblige Hungary to build a dam either at
Nagymaros or at Pilismarot, northern Hungary. Nor, he
continued, does it specify that Hungary must fill up the
Danube reservoir at Dunalikilti, northwestern Hungary. Slovak
Foreign Ministry spokesman Milan Tokar responded that
Slovakia is "strictly adhering" to the court's decision and
"cannot accept that Hungary tries to willfully reinterpret
this ruling," TASR reported. MS

ROMANIAN PRESIDENT ON HUNGARIAN UNIVERSITY. Emil
Constantinescu said in Cluj on 13 August that he is backing
"multiculturalism" for universities in Romania and that the
setting up of a state university in the Hungarian language is
a "Romanian internal problem" that "cannot be the object of
transactions" with other states. He added that the
"multicultural model" of the Cluj university is one he is
attempting to persuade Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma to
introduce at the Cernivici [Cernauti] university for the
benefit of Romanian students. In reply to a question by a
journalist concerning Hungarian suggestions that double
citizenship be granted to ethnic Hungarians abroad to ensure
links after Hungary joins the EU, Constantinescu said that
the "time for responding" has not yet come but that
consideration will have to be given to "our interest in
Romanians in neighboring countries who face difficult
conditions." MS

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