RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 11 June 1999
HUNGARY OUTLINES AUTONOMY PLAN FOR VOJVODINA. Hungarian
Foreign Ministry State Secretary Zsolt Nemeth on 10 June
outlined a three-tier autonomy draft plan for Vojvodina.
Nemeth told a regional stability conference in Cologne
that Budapest supports the ethnic Hungarian proposal for
the restoration of the autonomy the province enjoyed
from 1974-1989. The plan grants ethnic Hungarians the
right to elect their own representative bodies and
provides for setting up an alliance representing
settlements that have a Hungarian majority population.
It thus resembles the "three-tier autonomy" demand of
the Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania. In other
news, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the
cabinet demands that the peace plan drawn up by the
international community contain a special chapter
guaranteeing the protection of Serbia's 350,000-strong
Hungarian minority. The plan should "once and for all
rule out the possibility that the Hungarian community
become the focus of ethnic conflict," Orban concluded.
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