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Amended Hungarian status law passed

The Hungarian parliament yesterday passed an amended version of its status law, granting rights to members of Hungarian minorities abroad. Slovakia considers the amended law to impinge on its sovereignty, and Prime

Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda was disappointed that the law had been passed without Slovakia's agreement.

"The new law is absolutely unacceptable," said Dzurinda.

The government is considering bringing in measures to counter the effect of the law within its territory, although the co-ruling Hungarian Coalition Party considers that the law acceptable. Approximately 10 percent of the Slovak population say they are Hungarian.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports
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