Vol. 1, No. 182, 18 December1997
ROMANIA'S ILIESCU SPEAKS OUT. In an open letter to
Constantinescu, former President Ion Iliescu demands that
his successor "make public" the understandings reached
between the Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania
(UDMR) and other coalition members in the 3 December
protocol that preceded the government reshuffle. And in
open letters to Ion Diaconescu, the chairman of the National
Peasant Party Christian Democratic and to UDMR leader Bela
Marko, Iliescu refers to "occult understandings" reached
behind closed doors on amending the education law by
government regulation. Iliescu also protested the intention
to "violate the will of the parliament" and interfere with its
work. Meanwhile, the Party of Romanian National Unity
announced on 17 December that it "does not recognize" the
amendments by government regulation of the education and
local government laws, RFE/RL's Bucharest bureau reported.
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