RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 31 March 1999
HUNGARIAN OFFICIAL SAYS NATO PLANS TO BRING GROUND TROOPS TO
KOSOVA... Istvan Simicsko, head of the foreign affairs
department of the Federation of Young Democrats--Hungarian
Civic Party, said on 30 March that "it is common knowledge"
that ground troops will be sent into Kosova during the third
phase of NATO's military campaign. His remarks came after
NATO officials warned the Hungarian government to "exercise
more caution" in their declarations. One day earlier, Defense
Minister Janos Szabo had said on Hungarian television that
NATO does not plan any troop movements from Hungary, but from
Macedonia. NATO attributed that statement to a
"communications problem," but Simicsko said on 30 March that
Szabo "had not revealed any secret." MSZ
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