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Hungarian status law still causing problems

SLOVAK politicians insisted December 8 that a contentious Hungarian law giving benefits to Hungarians living abroad was not acceptable, with Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan saying the country will prepare countermeasures if the Hungarian parliament approves an amended version.

The Hungarian parliament passed the so-called status law one and a half years ago. After neighboring countries objected to some aspects of the law, Hungary prepared extensive amendments. Slovakia, however, insisted the amended law still included some problematic issues, objecting mainly to the law's extraterritorial effects in different states, which it considers discriminatory on an ethnic basis.

Following a ruling coalition council meeting on December 6, Slovak officials said the country invited the Hungarian government to help Slovakia's Hungarian minority through bilateral agreements but not through the status law.

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