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RFE/RL NEWSLINE 5 March 1999
HUNGARIAN ETHNIC LEADERS PROTEST ROMANIAN DECISION ON
TELEVISED PROGRAMS. The parliamentary groups of the
Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania (UDMR) in the
two chambers of the parliament have appealed to the
houses' commissions on culture and mass media to re-
examine a decision of the National Audiovisual Council
earlier this month to make Romanian-language subtitling
obligatory for programs in the languages of the national
minorities. UDMR chairman Bela Marko said his party may
appeal the decision in court. Arpad Marton, deputy
leader of the UDMR group in the Chamber of Deputies,
said the decision contravenes constitutional provisions
and international treaties. Marko also said the UDMR
will demand that the government speed up the
establishment of the Petofi-Schiller "multicultural"
university in Cluj. MS
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