RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 26 April 1999
HUNGARIAN PREMIER SATISFIED WITH NATO SUMMIT. Viktor
Orban said on 25 April that Hungary's delegation
successfully presented its interests at the NATO
Washington summit, Hungarian Television reported. Orban
said the most important objective was to raise the
awareness level of Vojvodina, saying "the Vojvodina
Hungarians cannot be forgotten. [They] are the last
ethnic minority in Yugoslavia that has not been reached
by [Yugoslav President Slobodan] Milosevic's ethnic
cleansing." He said this issue is not a "Hungarian
issue, but a NATO issue." There are some 300,000 ethnic
Hungarians living in Yugoslavia's northern province.
Orban said he was also pleased by the fact that the
closing NATO statement mentioned Slovakia as a serious
candidate for the next round of NATO expansion. PB
ROMANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SUPPORTS POSSIBLE OIL EMBARGO
AGAINST BELGRADE. Andrei Plesu said on 24 April in
Washington that although Bucharest supports the NATO
proposal to impose an oil embargo against Yugoslavia,
Romania should be reimbursed for the resulting losses it
would suffer, Rompres reported. Plesu said Romania could
join NATO in the "strategic efforts" of setting up the
embargo. Since Hungary and Bulgaria have also said they
would abide by such an embargo, only shipments to
Montenegro would be left as a route for Russian
deliveries of oil, an RFE/RL correspondent reported.
Premier Radu Vasile said the previous day that the first
month of the bombing campaign against Yugoslavia has
cost Romania some $730 million. A report outlining these
costs has been sent to the World Bank and the IMF.
Romanian President Emil Constantinescu, who was also in
Washington for the NATO summit, called for a broad
reconstruction of southeastern Europe and "not just the
war zone." PB
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