RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 72, 15 April 1998
HUNGARY, AUSTRIA AT ODDS OVER VISAS FOR ROMANIANS. Hungarian
Foreign Minister Laszlo Kovacs said on 14 April that he is
against imposing visa requirements on Romanians, as Austria
is insisting. Kovacs said in Debrecen that Hungary should
not differentiate between Slovakia and Romania in applying
visa regulations and that Budapest does not want an
"impenetrable wall" erected between Hungary and Romania,
where many ethnic Hungarians live. Kovacs did acknowledge
that the border must be tightened. Austrian Interior
Minister Karl Schlogel said on 12 April that one-third of
illegal aliens entering via Hungary are of Romanian origin.
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