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RFE/RL NEWSLINE 23 August 1999
HUNGARIAN FAR-RIGHTISTS WANT UN PROTECTORATE FOR VOJVODINA.
Ten thousand supporters of the extreme-right Hungarian
Justice and Life Party rallied on 20 August--Hungary's
national holiday--to call for re-drawing Hungary's borders to
include part of Yugoslavia's Vojvodina province, Hungarian
media reported. Party chairman Istvan Csurka told the
demonstrators that Vojvodina must be placed under UN
supervision to protect Hungarians there from "daily
injustices" and to prevent "another genocide in the area."
Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi rejected Csurka's
"irresponsible proposals," saying the Hungarian government
"does not want to change the borders but the nature of
VOJVODINA'S ETHNIC HUNGARIANS SET UP PROVISIONAL NATIONAL
COUNCIL. Three out of the six political organizations
representing the region's ethnic Hungarians--the Alliance of
Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM), the Democratic Union of Vojvodina
Hungarians, and the Vojvodina and Hungarian Civic Movement--
have formed the National Council of Vojvodina's Hungarians,
the BBC reported, citing Tanjug of 20 August. Subotica Mayor
and SVM chairman Jozsef Kasza was elected head of the 55-
strong council, which is composed of federal, republican, and
regional ethnic Hungarian deputies, as well as municipal
councilors representing the three organizations. Hungarian
Radio said that the council will act as a "mini-parliament"
of ethnic Hungarians living in Yugoslavia. A meeting of the
Vojvodina branch committee of the Socialist Party of Serbia
said the setting up of the council is a "political
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