Vol. 1, No. 123, 23 September 1997
SLOVAK NATIONALIST LEADER RAILS AGAINST HUNGARIANS.
Slovak Nationalist Party (SNS) Chairman Jan Slota, speaking on
Bratislava's Radio Twist on 22 September, defended remarks he had
made the previous day at a joint news conference with French
extremist Jean Le Pen. Slota had said that Hungarians are a threat to
Europe and that their probable predecessors, the Huns, killed
children and pregnant women. He had also declared that "what
Americans and the EU present as democracy is dirt" and that
"national minorities are only a tool of those cosmopolitans to cause
war." Slota told Radio Twist that Hungary's policy, particularly
toward Slovakia, is "insidious" and "evil." He accused Slovakia's
Hungarians of wanting autonomy as a first step toward union with
Hungary. Coexistence, one of Slovakia's ethnic Hungarian parties,
announced on 22 September that it will sue Slota.
HUNGARIAN PREMIER ON RELATIONS WITH SLOVAKIA. Gyula Horn,
speaking in the parliament on 22 September, rejected the accusations
of Smallholders' Party leader Joszef Torgyan that his cabinet is
"continuing the inglorious policies of the Kadar era" and "committing
crimes against the national interest" by neglecting Hungarian
minorities abroad. Horn conceded that Slovakia's ethnic Hungarians
have found it "increasingly difficult" to secure their rights in recent
years. He also noted that there are "many sources of tension"
between the two countries. At the same time, Horn stressed that
Hungary is "ready to continue negotiations" with Slovakia because "it
is not in our interest to search for an enemy or to isolate Slovakia
from the process of Euro-Atlantic integration," Hungarian media
HUNGARIAN-ROMANIAN MILITARY TALKS. Chief of Staff General
Ferenc Vegh met with his Romanian counterpart, Constantin
Degeratu, in Mehkerek, southern Hungary, on 22 September,
Hungarian media report. They discussed accession to NATO, the
planned Hungarian-Romanian peace-keeping battalion, and other
aspects of bilateral military cooperation. Vegh said Hungary will
continue to share with Romania its experience in European
integration and to support Bucharest's efforts to join NATO.
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