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ANO launches petition against treaty with the Vatican

FORMER ruling coalition member, the liberal New Citizen’s Alliance (ANO), which has recently joined the opposition camp, has launched its "For Modern Slovakia" petition in regional cities across Slovakia.

The initiative aims to prevent Slovakia adopting a conscientious objectors’ treaty with the Holy See and a similar agreement with other registered churches in Slovakia.

In its petition the ANO asks the government not to approve what the ANO calls discriminatory agreements. The ANO also wants a nationwide discussion on the issue.

ANO Deputy Chairman Milan Kepeňa said they expect political parties to express their opinions openly.

The ANO started the petition to counteract a petition by the Forum of Life that is collecting signatures in some churches to have the treaty with the Vatican promptly approved.

The ANO thinks that both documents introduce a category of unequal and second-class citizens.

The treaty between the Slovak Republic and the Holy See on conscientious objectors met with criticism from 54 European parliamentary deputies. They wrote a letter to Slovak Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda in May asking him to explain whether the treaty on the treaty is not at odds with European Union law.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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