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Minister defends government in Budapest

NEW foreign affairs minister Ján Kubiš visited Hungary on July 11 to defend the new Slovak government as Slovakia's neighbours expressed fear over the presence of the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS) in the new coalition government.

Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Kinga Göncz reiterated the fears of her country in connection with Slovakia's SNS party.

Kubiš said that the Slovak cabinet should be judged by its programmes and actions rather than the composition of the coalition government, SME wrote.

"Ahead of the elections as well as after, one of the coalition parties in Slovakia resorted to very serious, anti-Hungarian and anti-foreigner attacks," said Göncz.

She also reminded Kubiš of the times of a former Slovak government that was lead by the current coalition member, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) chairman Vladimír Mečiar. In her opinion that former Slovak government took steps that were "very disadvantageous for Hungarians".

Göncz also asked the Slovak government to distance itself from anti-Hungarian statements in the future.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports

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