Vol. 1, No. 97, 18 August 1997
HUNGARIAN-SLOVAK SUMMIT FAILS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. In Gyoer
on 15 August, Prime Minister Gyula Horn handed his Slovak
counterpart, Vladimir Meciar, a nine-point memorandum dealing
with minority issues and said that unless those issues are resolved
by the end of the year, Slovakia will bear the responsibility "for the
fiasco." The memorandum proposes that the two countries' foreign
ministers sign a protocol on the implementation of the 1995 basic
treaty and set up a joint committee that includes representatives of
the Hungarian minority in Slovakia to oversee the treaty's
implementation, Hungarian media report. Meciar said that minority
problems in his country were "more propaganda than substance." He
added that the Slovak government cannot work with minority groups
that do not cooperate with it. Horn and Meciar agreed to hold a
meeting on the Gabcikovo dam project after the Hague International
Court of Justice rules on the issue.
SLOVAK COALITION PARTY OFFICIAL ON HUNGARIAN DEMANDS.
Meanwhile, Marian Andel, honorary chairman of the Slovak National
Party (SNS), told Slovak Radio on 16 August that the demands raised
by Hungarian Premier Horn in the nine-point memorandum are
"outrageous." He said he expected Horn to "finally apologize" to
Meciar for the abolition of the minority education in Hungary at the
beginning of the 1960s, "when the very strong assimilation of
Slovaks began." He noted that while there were 370,000 Slovaks in
Hungary in 1947, only some 9,000 people declared themselves
Slovaks in the last census in Hungary. "This shows who is solving
minority questions and how," Andel remarked.
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