AS SOON as linguistic differences between the three forms of the Roma language spoken on Slovak territory are solved, basic legal documents such as the Constitution, the Labour Code, Criminal Code and Civil Code will be translated into Romany.
Deputy Prime Minister for Minorities Pál Csáky estimated that work on codifying Romany should be completed by May this year. He said the project had gone slowly not because of lack of will among Slovaks to give the Roma access to state institutions, but because of the complexity of the project.
Among the words that defeated translation into Romany were 'internet' and 'washing machine'.
The translation of the documents is required by the European Charter on Minority Languages, to which Slovakia became a signatory last year.
4. Feb 2002 at 0:00 | Compiled from Slovak press reports