RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 18 March 1999
HUNGARIAN MINISTER DENIES SLOVAK INVOLVEMENT IN BUDAPEST
BOMBINGS. Secret Services Minister Laszlo Kover told
journalists on 17 March that the Hungarian national
security authorities have found no evidence that the
Slovak secret services had anything to do with a series
of bombings in Budapest in 1997-1998. Kover confirmed
that the Slovak operation "Omega" was designed to slow
down Hungary's Euro-Atlantic integration but denied
reports that the Slovak secret services were successful
in harming Hungary's national interests. Meanwhile,
national police spokesman Laszlo Garamvolgyi said on 17
March that no laws were broken during the neo-Nazi
Hungarian Welfare Federation's 15 March demonstration in
Budapest. He said video recordings of the event were
sent to the Prosecutor-General's Office for further
investigations. Gusztav Zoltai, executive chairman of
the Hungarian Federation of Jewish Communities called
the statement "strange," saying that remarks made at the
demonstration constituted "openly racist incitement."
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