Béla Bugár, the chairman of the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), said that the Hungarian community in Slovakia was ready to offer all its knowledge and abilities to turn Slovakia into a prosperous country. Bugár made the statement in parliament July 3 during discussions on public administration reform, including the re-division of Slovakia's regions (the SMK was in favour of a proposal to form 12 units, rather than the existing eight, including a so-called Komárno County, which would be approximately 40% ethnic-Hungarian).
"If you say that we must not shape territorial units based on the ethnic principle," Bugár said in his speech, "then I must say that we should not carry out the reform of public administration based on an anti-Hungarian principle."
6. Jul 2001 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA