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Prime minister's statement angers minorities

On July 18, daily Sme analyzed Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico's statement marking the 15th anniversary of the declaration of Slovakia's sovereignty.

The daily noted that a passage regarding minorities troubled several political representatives who objected to the PM's reference to minorities. In his statement, Fico spoke about his hope that the Slovak Republic would become a peaceful home for the Slovak nation as well as "loyal minorities."

Later, following negative reactions from several sources, the Cabinet Office's press department released a statement from Fico denying that he had categorized any minorities. The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) and political representatives of the Roma community said that the terms used by Fico were inappropriate.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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