OSCE High Commissioner for Minority Issues Max van der Stoel gave Slovakia the thumbs up on both its new language law and on its efforts to solve problems in the Roma community, the SITA news agency reported September 3.
He called the language law a considerable step forward, and gave high marks to the efforts of Slovak Deputy Prime Minister Pál Csáky to involve Romanies in the projects designed to help them.
Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) boss Béla Bugár also met with Van der Stoel to point out shortcomings in the language law, which he said solves only the issue of official communication, not of minority language use in other areas of life such as at weddings or on TV.
On his visit, van der Stoel also met opposition leader Vladimír Mečiar, who expressed his own reservations about the language law.
13. Sep 1999 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA