IN THE UPCOMING four years the new government will leave the Vatican Treaty on Conscientious Objectors as well as the issue of registered partnerships untouched.
Deputy PM for Human Rights and EU affairs Dušan Čaplovič told the SME daily that there was an unofficial agreement among the coalition partners that these two topics, which could provoke unwanted conflicts, will be left aside.
The prepared Vatican Treaty on Conscientious Objectors, which would guarantee believers the right to refuse work if it clashes with their religious beliefs, was the cause of the final breakup of the previous Mikuláš Dzurinda government.
In the area of religion and registered churches in Slovakia, Čaplovič said the government would guarantee the status quo. The government allegedly agreed on this with the registered churches in Slovakia as well as on the fact that the other extreme – the introducing of registered partnerships of same sex couples – will also be left aside.
Marián Gavenda, the spokesman for the Conference of Slovak Bishops, denied that such agreement existed.
Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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11. Aug 2006 at 10:39