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KDH and SDKÚ face clash over Vatican Treaty

THE RULING Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) face a serious clash over the conscientious objectors’ treaty between Slovakia and the Vatican.

The SDKÚ’s Eduard Kukan, who is Slovakia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, still has not signed the text of the treaty. Kukan’s signature is required before the government and subsequently the parliament can pass the treaty.

According to SDKÚ officials, the party has problems with some passages of the treaty. The KDH, on the other hand, is threatening to leave the coalition if the treaty is not forwarded to the government.

Based on the treaty, doctors will be able to refuse carry out abortions if it is against their religious beliefs.

The KDH has signaled that it will take a “serious stance” on the treaty because of Kukan’s refusal to sign the text.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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