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RFE/RL NEWSLINE 4 November 1999
SLOVAK PARLIAMENT APPROVES COMPENSATION FOR WWII VICTIMS. The
parliament on 3 November approved a law compensating Slovaks
who were imprisoned, persecuted, or forcibly sent to work in
Germany during World War II, CTK reported. Those entitled to
compensation will receive 3,000 crowns (some $72) for every
month of imprisonment, while relatives of prisoners who died
there are to receive a one-time payment of 100,000 crowns.
Unlike the draft approved earlier by the government, the law
extends eligibility for compensation to participants in the
Slovak National Uprising of 1944 and to Jews who hid to
escape persecution. But the law does not apply to citizens
who lived in Hungarian-occupied southern Slovakia, nor are
Jews living there entitled to compensation from the Hungarian
government since they are not citizens of Hungary. MS
ORBAN, HUNGARIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY EXPLAIN MISSILE STATEMENT.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban on 3 November said he had told a
reporter in Canada only that the cabinet "would consider"
allowing NATO nuclear missiles to be stationed in Hungary in
the event of an "international crisis," adding that
"Hungarians would not be pleased at all" if such a situation
arose. The Hungarian Foreign Ministry told a Russian embassy
official the same day that Hungary has "a vested interest" in
developing broad relations with Russia and that Hungary's
NATO membership is not directed against any single state,
including Russia. A Foreign Ministry statement said Hungary
continues to fully agree with the NATO stance described in
the founding documents of the NATO-Russia Permanent Council,
according to which the alliance does not plan to deploy
nuclear weapons on the territory of new member states. MSZ
HUNGARY TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC MISSION IN PALESTINE. Prime
Minister Viktor Orban on 3 November told visiting Palestinian
leader Yasser Arafat that Hungary will open a diplomatic
office in Palestine next year, as "the time has come to raise
Palestinian-Hungarian relations to a qualitatively higher
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