Vol. 1, No. 121, 19 September 1997
CZECH PREMIER ON NATO. Vaclav Klaus said in a lecture delivered to
an international conference in Zurich on the 51st anniversary of
former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill's "European" speech
that "NATO amounts to the protection of a common idea and cultural
and ethical values--not an organized search for a common enemy--
and that is why the Czech Republic wants to belong to it." He argued
that "we must not allow the collapse of communism to be considered
the final victory of freedom and democracy and an "end to history,'
as is sometimes indicated. There still exist new dangers, new
conflicts, new threats, and they will unfortunately always exist."
Klaus added that the Czech Republic as well as other countries
invited to start NATO admission talks (Hungary and Poland) knew
that their entry into the alliance "would not be free of charge."
HUNGARIAN OPPOSITION PARTY APPEALS TO CONSTITUTIONAL
COURT. The Hungarian Democratic Forum on 18 September asked the
Constitutional Court to rule whether the law on referenda
contravenes the constitution, Hungarian media reported According to
that law, the government's proposed referendum on foreign
ownership of land takes precedence over the opposition's
referendum initiative, which has been supported by 282,000
signatures. Former Justice Minister Istvan Balsai, a member of the
forum's steering board, said his party considers the present
legislation to be in "disharmony" with both the electoral law and the
constitution. He accused the government coalition of ignoring the will
of those citizens who have signed in support of the opposition
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