"For me, it is incomprehensible that the Defence Minister, who was informed of all these matters, made the decision to stay on holiday and not return. I also do not understand the attitude of the former Chief of the General Staff, Mr. Tuchyňa, who announced he was quiting his post before the elections...creating the chance for the HZDS to abuse this situation."
Ladislav Pittner, a deputy with the opposition SDK party, commenting on the chaotic situation in the Slovak army.
"A minister cannot take over from the Prime Minister. Don't do such things. I'm the Executive Commander of the Armed Forces, and nobody is allowed to disobey me. When I use my decision-making powers and do what I have to do, no one can say that, as a higher power, I do it wrong. After all, who is [Defence Minister] Sitek?"
Slovak Premier Vladimír Mečiar responding to criticism of his handling of the army crisis.
"You'll have to ask Mr. Mečiar and Mrs. Martinková in what position they worked together in this field."
Government Vice-Chairman Jozef Kalman in response to the question of how he evaluates Slovakia's progress towards EU integration. (Ed. Note: The Slovak opposition press has long said that Blažena Martinková has had an improper relationship with the Slovak Premier. The Premier and his staff have always denied any impropriety.)
"The financial organizations that support the opposition in Slovakia - the latest example has been Markíza [TV] - already understand that they are going against the flow...The Clinton affair silenced even Madaleine Albright. It's good that this is happening now, before Slovak elections. The US cannot permit itself to teach Slovaks about democracy when they have a mess at home themselves."
American Slovak John A. Vacval, President of the World Congress of Slovaks Abroad
7. Sep 1998 at 0:00