RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 51 16 March 1998
HUNGARIAN PRESIDENT URGES RESPECT FOR NATIONAL MINORITIES. Arpad Goncz,
speaking at a ceremony in Budapest marking the 150th anniversary of the
1848 revolution, called for tolerance towards Hungary's national
minorities, Reuters reported on 15 March. Goncz said that as Hungary moves
toward the European Union, it must understand that this process involves
respect for the rights and the values of others, not only beyond but also
within its own borders. MS
HUNGARIANS RALLY AGAINST DAM. More than 1,000 environmentalists
demonstrated in Budapest on 14 March to protest a plan to build an
alternative dam to the one originally planned at Nagymaros, AFP reported.
The plan was drawn up to satisfy Slovak demands and the ruling of the
International Court of Justice in The Hague. In other news, the Japanese
Shinwa car audio manufacturer will set up its first European production
unit in the northern Hungarian industrial town of Miskolc. Shinwa will
invest $12 million in a facility that will be built this year and a further
$8 million to boost capacity production over the next five years. MS
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