RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 123, 29 June 1998
SLOVAK-HUNGARIAN TENSIONS OVER BILATERAL TREATY. Foreign
Ministry spokesman Milan Tokar on 26 June told TASR that
Hungarian worries about Slovak non-fulfillment of
obligations assumed in the bilateral treaty between the two
countries are "misplaced." He was reacting to a statement
made one day earlier by Hungarian Foreign Minister-designate
Janos Martonyi, who said Hungary must "make clear to
Slovakia that it must fulfill its international
obligations." Tokar said Martonyi would be "better
counseled" to ensure that Hungary fulfills its international
obligations, pointing to the verdict of the International
Court of Justice in the Hague on the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros
dispute and Hungary's failure to pass legislation allowing
minority representatives to have seats in the parliament. MS
ROMANIA'S HUNGARIAN ALLIANCE TO REMAIN IN RULING COALITION.
The Council of Representatives of the Hungarian Democratic
Federation of Romania (UDMR), meeting in Cluj on 27-28 June,
voted against a proposal to leave the ruling coalition now.
At the same time, the council set a timetable for the
government and the parliament to approve legislation meeting
the demands of the UDMR, saying the executive must take
"concrete measures" to set up a Hungarian-language state
university and the parliament must approve the regulation
amending the education law by 31 October, an RFE/RL
correspondent in Cluj reported. MS
TOKES REJECTS ALLEGATION OF COLLABORATION WITH SECURITATE.
At the same meeting, the council decided to set up a special
commission to examine how to tackle allegations that UDMR
leaders collaborated with the Securitate. Responding to the
publication last week in "Adevarul" alleging he was a
collaborator, honorary chairman Laszlo Tokes did not deny
the authenticity of a document he signed pledging to inform
if "national security" were at stake. He stressed, however,
that he was forced to sign that document and never acted as
an informer. He added that the latest public revelations
were orchestrated by Romanian Intelligence Service employees
who were seeking to retain control over the files and trying
to discredit genuine former dissidents. On 26 June, the
military branch of the Prosecutor-General's Office announced
it has opened an investigation against a SRI employee who
leaked to the press the document that attested to former
Health Minister Francis Baranyi's links with the Securitate.
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