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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 221, 16 November 1998
HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA AGREE ON IMPLEMENTING BASIC TREATY. Gabor
Bagi, deputy state secretary at the Hungarian Foreign
Ministry, said on 13 November that agreement has been reached
in Budapest on implementing the Hungarian-Slovak basic
treaty, Hungarian media reported. Bagi and Anton Pinter,
director-general of the Slovak Foreign Ministry, agreed to
set up 11 committees designed to coordinate the treaty's
implementation. In a major departure from past Slovak
positions, Pinter agreed that representatives of the
Hungarian minority in Slovakia and the Slovak minority in
Hungary will participate in monitoring the process. The
agreement is to be signed in Bratislava by the two countries'
foreign ministers on 18 November. MS
HUNGARIAN DEMOCRATIC FORUM LEADER UNDER CRITICISM. Hungarian
Democratic Forum (MDF) chairman Sandor Lezsak, as well as the
party's steering board and former parliamentary group, has
been blamed in a party resolution for the MDF's poor
performance in the elections earlier this year. The
resolution is to be submitted for approval at the party's
National Convention scheduled for 21 November. Media reports
suggest that Lezsak will be challenged at the convention by
Justice Minister Ibolya David for the party's chairmanship.
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