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RFE/RL NEWSLINE 
Vol. 1, No. 125, 25 September 1997

SLOVAK DIPLOMAT ACCUSES HUNGARY OF VIOLATING BILATERAL
TREATY. Jozef Sestak, state secretary at the Foreign Ministry, has
said that while Slovakia is interested in good relations with Hungary,
both sides must respect "certain principles". He told Slovakia's
independent news agency SITA on 24 September that Hungary is
violating two articles of the basic treaty between Bratislava and
Budapest. He noted that Article 21 says disputed issues should be
resolved through negotiation not through "internationalization" and
that Article 6 provides for the two countries to support each other in
Euro-Atlantic integration. He says Hungary violated that clause
during the recent meeting of the Central European Free Trade
Agreement at Protoroz, in Croatia.

HAGUE COURT RULES ON GABCIKOVO-NAGYMAROS DISPUTE. The
International Court of Justice in the Hague has ruled that Hungary
broke international law by abandoning a 1977 agreement with
Slovakia to build the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros system of dams and
hydroelectric power stations on the Danube River. But the court also
said that the former Czechoslovakia, was also wrong in pressing
ahead with the project and diverting the waters of the Danube from
Hungary into Slovakia. According to the court, Hungary was not
entitled to suspend and subsequently abandon in 1989 its part of the
work on the hydropower project, a court spokesman told reporters.
The court obligated the two countries to take all necessary measures
to ensure the implementation of the 1977 accord.

HUNGARIAN PREMIER'S "FLOATING" PRESS CONFERENCE. Speaking at
a traditional annual press conference on a boat on the Danube River,
Gyula Horn said on 24 September that he has not yet decided
whether to run for another term as premier. He said he disagreed
with the opposition's stance that progress in relations between
Hungary and neighboring countries is possible only if the conditions
of ethnic Hungarians living there improve. He said that if good
neighborly relations do not exist, the Hungarian government can do
nothing for Hungarians abroad. Also on 24 September, Horn told
representatives of the National Gypsy Minority Authority that he
favors increasing minority representation in the parliament,
provided they have sufficient electoral support. Horn said the
threshold for a seat representing a minority should be 5,000 votes.

AGREEMENT BETWEEN HUNGARIAN OPPOSITION PARTIES? Citing
"confidential sources," the daily "Magyar Hirlap" reported on 25
September that Viktor Orban, the leader of the Alliance of Young
Democrats (FIDESZ) and Sandor Lezsak, chairman of the Democratic
Forum, have reached an agreement on cooperation in the 1998
elections. The agreement reportedly stipulates that both formations
field candidates in 116 of the 176 constituencies. FIDESZ candidates
will run unopposed by the Democratic Forum in 40 constituencies,
while the Democratic Forum will have no FIDESZ competition in 20
electoral districts. The two leaders also agreed that in constituencies
contested by both parties, the candidate better placed in the first
round of the elections will be supported by both formations in the
second round.


FINAL RESULTS OF SERBIAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS. In the 21
September elections to the parliament, Yugoslav President
Milosevic's leftist alliance won 110 mandates in the 250-seat
parliament. Vojislav Seselj's ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party
collected 81 mandates and Vuk Draskovic's Serbian Renewal
Movement 46. The Vojvojdina Coalition and the Union of Vojvojdina
Hungarians will each have four seats, the List for Sandzak three, and
the Presevo-Bujanovac Coalition and the Democratic Alternative one
each.

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