RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 8 April 1999
HUNGARY'S PREMIER ON MAGYAR MINORITY IN VOJVODINA.
As a neighbor of Yugoslavia, Hungary cannot set quotas on
refugees, Premier Viktor Orban told visiting Spanish
Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar on 7 April. Orban noted
that the Vojvodina Hungarians, "the only ethnic minority
in Serbia that did not have serious conflicts with
authorities," were "safeguarded" by Hungary's NATO
membership, Hungarian media reported. But Jozsef Kasza,
a leader of Vojvodina Hungarians, is cited by AFP on 8
April as saying that Orban's supportive statements of
NATO air strikes are "irresponsible and
incomprehensible." Kasza said "Hungary should fulfill
its NATO obligations...without sacrificing the Vojvodina
Hungarians." In response to the recent violation of
Hungarian air space by two Yugoslav planes, the
parliament's Defense Committee on 7 April approved a
Defense Ministry request to immediately procure weapons
worth 2 billion forints ($8.7 million) to improve
Hungary's defense system. MSZ/MS
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