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President Gašparovič says Slovakia will not be divided

President Ivan Gašparovič has said that any attempts to divide Slovakia on ethnic, racial, or religious grounds are unacceptable.

Speaking at a briefing on July 16 regarding possible attempts to create territorial autonomy in southern Slovakia, he said he did not see any reason for the country to divide, as ethnic minorities’ rights to their own education and culture are already embodied in the Slovak legal system.

Gašparovič was responding to statements made by János Bosza, the founder of
the Council for the Autonomy of Felvidek, a group that supports the creation of an autonomous territory in southern Slovakia.

The Council was founded on July 14, and Bosza has said that it does not only concern Hungarians but all citizens of southern Slovakia, be they Slovak, Hungarian or Roma.

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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