RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 1 November 1999
HUNGARY WOULD CONSIDER DEPLOYMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who is
currently on a visit to Canada, said that in an "emergency
situation" he would consider allowing NATO nuclear weapons to
be deployed on Hungarian territory, "Nepszabadsag" reported
on 30 October, citing Canada's "The Globe and Mail." Orban
said there is no doubt that the alliance needs such weapons
"because of the uncertainties around the future of Russia."
Laszlo Kovacs, chairman of the opposition Socialist Party,
said Hungary had received assurances that joining NATO would
not require the stationing of nuclear weapons on its soil.
"If Orban wanted to alarm Hungarian citizens and provoke
Russia, then he has succeeded," Kovacs added. The deployment
of nuclear weapons would require a two-thirds majority vote
in the parliament. MSZ
ANOTHER ANTONESCU STATUE TO BE ERECTED IN ROMANIA. The Cluj
local council has approved Mayor Gheorghe Funar's proposal
that a statue to Romania's wartime leader and convicted war
criminal, Marshal Ion Antonescu be erected, "Romania libera"
reported on 1 November. On 11 previous occasions, the council
has rejected such a proposal. Its change of mind comes after
Funar presented a "political compromise" whereby statues of
National Liberal Party leader Ion C. Bratianu, National
Peasant Party leader Iuliu Maniu, and King Ferdinand will
also be erected. The compromise proposal was backed by
representatives of two parties on the local council and
opposed only by the Hungarian Democratic Federation of
Romania and the Alliance for Romania. On 30 October, Greater
Romania Party leader Corneliu Vadim Tudor laid a wreath at
Antonescu's statue in Slobozia. MS
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