RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 2 July 1999
ORBAN PROMISES CHANGE IN HOLOCAUST COMPENSATION. Prime
Minster Viktor Orban said in the parliament on 1 July that he
agrees with Peter Tordai, president of the Federation of
Hungarian Jewish Communities (MAZSIHISZ), and with Chief
Rabbi Jozsef Schweitzer that the 30,000 forint ($125)
compensation granted by the government to survivors of the
Holocaust and their and relatives is "indeed insulting."
Orban pledged that a solution will be found within a year and
asked MAZSIHISZ to make suggestions for amending the existing
law, Hungarian media reported. Orban also said t he agrees
with Schweitzer that existing legislation on racial
incitement has proved difficult to apply and must be amended.
He said it is "unacceptable" for neo-Nazi groups to parade
around Buda Castle without hindrance, arguing it is necessary
to "discourage" such behavior. MS
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