Slota: Campaign for autonomy is underway in southern Slovakia

The ruling coalition Slovak National Party (SNS)’s leader Ján Slota said on May 17 that he had evidence that activists have launched a campaign in the south of the Slovakia to secure political autonomy for the ethnic Hungarians living there.

Slota compared the potential situation to the one in the Serbian province of Kosovo in 1999, which he claimed amounted to a demand for a level of autonomy close to that of an independent state.

He also mentioned petitions in support of autonomy, and t-shirts emblazoned with a map of a future Slovakia. The SNS chairman said the SNS was ready to initiate a parliamentary debate on this issue.

On the same day, the opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) distanced itself from a petition organized in southern Slovakia that calls for autonomy for areas of the country with an ethnic-Hungarian majority.

"This initiative is being organised by a civil association. The SMK has nothing to do with it," said Berenyi, adding that the only thing he knows about the association is that it is based in Komárno (Nitra Region). If the SMK were to organise autonomy-linked activities, it would do so in parliament and not via petitions, Berenyi claimed.

When asked whether his party would seek support for autonomy abroad, Berenyi said the SMK preferred "the support of Slovak parliamentary parties".

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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