The Council of Europe has passed a resolution criticising Hungary for the passing of its status law, and censuring the country for failing to come to agreement with its neighbours on the law.
Most Slovak political parties, except the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), welcomed this latest development in a long-running dispute over the law, which gives certain benefits to ethnic Hungarians living in other countries, including a sizeable minority in southern Slovakia.
"Only the laws of the European Union and Slovakia will be valid in Slovakia. The [status] law and executive decrees are Hungarian problems," said Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda.
SMK leader Béla Bugár pointed out that the Council of Europe ruling concerned the previous version of the status law and not the new version recently passed by the Hungarian parliament.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports
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26. Jun 2003 at 10:17