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RFE/RL Daily Report
No. 127, 7 July 1994
HUNGARIAN FINANCE MINISTER IN BONN. Outgoing Hungarian Finance
Minister Ivan Szabo, parliamentary caucus leader of the defeated
Hungarian Democratic Forum, made a one-day working visit to Bonn
on 6 July, MTI reports. Szabo met with the CDU-CSU faction leader
Wolfgang Schauble. The purpose of the visit--unusual in the case
of a lame-duck cabinet--was not revealed. But Nepszabadsag of 2
July offers a possible explanation. The Hungarian daily claims
that the rotating capital of the state budget has been completely
used up. The outcome of the elections undermined a government bond
issue in June. Gyula Horn will take over as prime minister in
about a week; his first visit is planned for Bonn as well. Both
the outgoing and the incoming governments may well be asking
Germany for loans. Judith Pataki RFE/RL, Inc.
WEU PARLIAMENT CHAIRMAN VISITS SLOVAKIA. On 6 July Sir Dudley
Smith, chairman of the parliamentary assembly of the West European
Union, visited Slovakia at the invitation of Foreign Minister
Eduard Kukan. His visit focused on European security issues and
cooperation between Slovakia and the WEU. President Michal Kovac
assured Smith that Slovakias foreign policy will not change after
the parliamentary elections. Stressing the importance of Central
European stability, the president said that the improvement of
bilateral relations with Hungary through the signing of a
bilateral agreement is a priority for Slovakia. Kovac also
mentioned interest in establishing a training center in Slovakia
for UN peacekeeping troops, TASR reports. Smith also met with
Kukan and Premier Jozef Moravcik. Sharon Fisher RFE/RL, Inc.
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