Text of the démarches

EU Démarche from the EU Council's Press Office
The EU Ambassadorial Troika have sent a démarche to the Slovak authorities. The démarche expressed the EU's strong concern with regard to real insitutional tensions in Slovakia. They are specifically: That the EU is worried about the possibility that actions have been taking place against the President of the Slovak Republic that could be outside the bounds of the Slovak Constitution and common EU democratic practices.
That the EU underlines the importance of the process towards a democratic society permitting the free expression of different poltical points of view. The EU places great importance on mutual tolerance and respect among various sources of authority in a democratic society.

EU Démarche from the EU Council's Press Office

The EU Ambassadorial Troika have sent a démarche to the Slovak authorities. The démarche expressed the EU's strong concern with regard to real insitutional tensions in Slovakia. They are specifically: That the EU is worried about the possibility that actions have been taking place against the President of the Slovak Republic that could be outside the bounds of the Slovak Constitution and common EU democratic practices.

That the EU underlines the importance of the process towards a democratic society permitting the free expression of different poltical points of view. The EU places great importance on mutual tolerance and respect among various sources of authority in a democratic society.

That Slovakia is an EU associate country for the period before its entry and the criteria approved at the Cpenhagen Summit are applicable to it. The EU reminds the Slovak authorities of the importance of these criteria and that Slovakia must take steps to conform to them.

American Démarche from the US Embassy's Press Office

The US Ambassador to Slovakia, Theodore E. Russell, carried out a démarche to the Slovak government. The démarche expressed the United States' concurrence with the recent démarche by the European Union expressing its concerns about the current institutional tensions in Slovakia. The Ambassador reiterated: The US government concern that actions may be taking place against the Preident of the [Slovak] Republic which could have a negative effect on the democratic transformation process in Slovakia. The US urges that all efforts be undertaken to reestablish cooperation among the constitutionally-established state institutions.

The US government belief that Slovakia should put even greater emphasis on the toleration of diverse opinions, full support for constitutional rights and the government's operation in a transparent manner.

As President Clinton emphasized in his October 21 meeting with President Kováč, progress in democratic and free-market transformation is the basis of US government and the key to acceptance of Slovakia into the trans-Atlantic community. This is the clear policy of the US government and our partners. It applies equally to all countries wishing to become members of NATO and other Western institutions. Slovakia's membership in the OSCE also carries similar obligations and responsibilities. We urge Slovakia to strengthen its effort to conform to these criteria.

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