Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) leader Vladimír Mečiar says Nato Secretary General George Robertson wants to meet him.
During a December 12 conference on Nato, organised by the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), Mečiar explained that the meeting had originally been scheduled for December 20 but that due to "certain circumstances" it had been shelved to a later date. Mečiar also restated his determination to elevate public support for Nato entry to more than 50%.
Mečiar responded to statements that he might be a threat to the future of Slovakia by saying, "I weigh 90 kilogrammes [200 pounds] and I am 180 cm [5 feet 11 inches] tall. Whom can I possible endanger?"
Nato revue publisher Christopher Bennett, director of the Nato parliamentary assembly political committee Steffen Sachs, Smer party leader Robert Fico, representatives of Slovakia's Foreign Affairs and Defense Ministries, and the Party of the Democratic Left attended the conference.
Even though he had promised to attend, and even took the event under his auspices, Slovak President Schuster did not attend.
Most political parties are ignored the event. The HZDS said all parliamentary parties had been invited except the opposition Slovak National Party and the Real Slovak National Party (PSNS), which are known for their anti-Nato attitudes.
The SNS said they felt slighted over being locked out of the HZDS conference and interpreted it as a denial of the right to free speech.
17. Dec 2001 at 0:00 | Deirdre Tynan