RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 6 April 1999
HUNGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTER FEARS CONFLICT WITH SERBIA.
"It cannot be in the interest of the Serbian leadership
to generate any conflict with Hungary, as this would
entail the most disadvantageous consequences, both
politically and militarily," Janos Martonyi told
journalists on 4 April. If Serbia is to take any
"irrational action," Hungary is "under the full
protection of NATO," he added. Some 320 refugees have
arrived to date in Hungary from Yugoslavia, Istvan
Erdelyi, deputy director of the Migration Office told
"Magyar Hirlap" on 5 April. Meanwhile, the opposition
Free Democrats and the Hungarian Helsinki Committee
released a joint statement asking the cabinet to grant
refugee status to ethnic Hungarians from Vojvodina so
that they can legally work in Hungary. MSZ
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