Row between Slovakia and Hungary sputters on

The dispute between Slovakia and Hungary over the latter’s law offering aid to ethnic kin in neighbouring countries has settled into a standoff, with both sides trading lengthy viewpoints but refusing to compromise.

Hungary has replied to a list of 15 Slovak objections to its “Status Law” with a nine-page document explaining its views; the Slovak side is said to be preparing a response to the response.

While diplomatic teams have taken over from the two countries’ leaders in leading negotiations, it is uncertain whether Hungary will succeed in amending the law in December as planned.

Nor has Hungary responded to Slovakia’s suggestion that the parts of the law which would have effect on Slovak territory – support for parents educating their children in Hungarian, as well as support for a Slovak Hungarian university – be incorporated in a special inter-state treaty between the nations.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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