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Proposed reconciliation document doesn't fly

THE HUNGARIAN Coalition Party (SMK) presented a proposal for a joint declaration on the reconciliation of Hungarians and Slovaks to Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška, the TASR newswire wrote.

The declaration, presented on September 11, would include the Slovak and Hungarian Parliaments' expressions of regret over the controversial periods in both nations' shared history over the past 1,100 years.

The SMK also plans to send the proposal to Hungarian Speaker of Parliament Katalin Szili.

Paška said he doesn't see a reason for adopting the complicated declaration right now. He added that he has met Szili five times over the past year, but they haven't discussed adopting a declaration like the one now proposed by the SMK.

"There is probably no political will to adopt a document on our joint history either from Slovakia of Hungary," Slovak Parliament spokesman Jozef Plško told TASR.

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