OMRI DAILY DIGEST
No. 203, 18 October 1995
HUNGARIAN PREMIER ON VISIT TO CROATIA, SERBIA. Gyula Horn told the
parliament on 16 October that the purpose of his visit to Zagreb and
Belgrade is to help start economic reconstruction efforts there,
Hungarian media reported. He noted that this is of primary importance
for Hungary because its economy has suffered significant losses since
the outbreak of war in the region. He also commented that as acting head
of the OSCE, Hungary will do everything in its power to secure the
earliest possible resolution to the Yugoslav crisis. Horn the next day
met with leaders of four parties representing Croatian and Vojvodina
Hungarians to discuss how his visit can help the situation of ethnic
Hungarians in the region, according to Hungarian media on 18 October.
Vojvodina Hungarians said they asked the premier to pressure Belgrade to
move most Serb refugees out of the Vojvodina region to other parts of
Serbia. Representatives of Hungarians in Croatia told reporters they
want to take part in any negotiations on the future of eastern Slavonia.
Hungary and Croatia have signed a basic treaty and an accord on the
mutual protection of minorities, but Budapest's links with Belgrade are
rather tense at present. -- Zsofia Szilagyi
[As of 12:00 CET]
Compiled by Jan Cleave
Wednesday, 18 October 1995
Volume 2, Issue 204
**HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT ZAGREB AND BELGRADE**
Representatives of Hungarian minorities in Croatia and Serbia
are calling on Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Horn not to
forget about them when he visits Zagreb and Belgrade this
week. Horn will be in Zagreb today. He'll head to Belgrade
Friday for a meeting with Serbian president Slobodan
Milosevic. Hungarian participation in the post-war
reconstruction of the former Yugoslavia's infastructure will
be on the agenda. Horn is also expected to suggest that
Hungary host a multinational reconstruction conference. The
leaders of four parties representing Hungarians in the former
Yugoslavia are asking Horn to press Belgrade to move most of
the Serb refugees in Vojvodina to other parts of Serbia.
Vojvodina's 300 thousand Hungarians feel threatened by an
influx of 100 thousand Serbian refugees from Croatia's Krajina
region, whose presence, they say, is changing the region's
ethnic balance. They think the Serbian government intends to
settle the Krajinan Serbs permanently in the region.
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