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Quotes of the Week


"Finally, the PIS - the Pittner Intelligence Service - and the SIS have joined. It will only bring negative results, because we will not know who belongs to the PIS and who to the SIS."

HZDS deputy Ján Cuper, discussing the future of the Slovak secret service (SIS) under new Interior Minister Ladislav Pittner.




"Mr. Cuper is a funny fellow and a folklore figure in parliament, and I take his statements in the same spirit."

Parliamentary speaker Jozef Migaš, responding to the statement of HZDS deputy Ján Cuper that the opening session of parliament was "the night of small men."




"Cuper is the biggest time-waster in Parliament."

Ľubomír Andrássy, 24, newly-created vice-chairman of the former communist SDĽ party.




"Certainly. I've been here since 1991, and the parliament has always entertained me."

Viera Rusková, deputy for the government SOP party and wife of Pavol Rusko, director of private TV Markíza. Rusková was asked if politics would interest her more than television.




"Make sure you don't need help yourself."

Former director of the Slovak secret service (SIS) Ivan Lexa, when asked if he would feel the need of protection from Amnesty International.




"I can't imagine myself telling people to vote for a man who held a high post before the revolution."

František Mikloško, a deputy for the ruling SDK party, giving his views on the presidential candidacy of Rudolf Schuster, leader of the SOP. The fourparties of the coalition have agreed to support Schuster, who held the post of parliamentary speaker in the last communist government before the 1989 revolution.


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