RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 110, 10 June 1998
HUNGARIAN CHURCH LEADERS DEMAND RETURN OF CONFISCATED CHURCH
ASSETS. An ecumenical gathering of representatives of the
Hungarian Reformed Church and Hungarian Roman Catholics on 9
June demanded that the authorities stop dragging their feet
over the return of Church assets confiscated by the
Communists, Mediafax reported. The gathering also backed the
demand of the Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania
(UDMR) to set up a separate Hungarian-language university in
Cluj. UDMR leaders are meeting with coalition partners on 10
June in an attempt to find a solution to the demand.
Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court has ruled that
government regulation No. 22 was unconstitutional. That
regulation made possible bilingual signs in localities where
minority populations exceeded 20 percent. It was rejected by
the Senate because it also allowed former Premier Victor
Ciorbea to continue in office as mayor of Bucharest. The
Chamber of Deputies has yet to debate the issue. MS
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