A GROUP of 90 ethnic Hungarian intellectuals have appealed to Hungarian-Slovak politician Miklós Duray to be more tempered in his public statements and stop provoking Slovak nationalism.
Duray in April attended a pre-election rally for Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán to express support for the right-wing politician, saying that 'Felvidek' - the old name for southern Slovakia when it belonged to Hungary - stood behind him.
In response, Slovak nationalist MPs called for Duray's SMK party, a member of Slovakia's ruling coalition, to be banned, and swore to physically bar Duray from entering parliament when it resumes in mid-May.
Duray has also been harshly criticised by Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan.
6. May 2002 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA