Hungarian president tries to smooth over Mlynky controversy

On March 31, Hungarian President László Solyom travelled to the Hungarian village of Mlynky (Pilissentkereszt), where 55 percent of the population is Slovak, to try to smooth over a feud between the local government and two organisations from the House of Slovak Culture.

On March 31, Hungarian President László Solyom travelled to the Hungarian village of Mlynky (Pilissentkereszt), where 55 percent of the population is Slovak, to try to smooth over a feud between the local government and two organisations from the House of Slovak Culture.

The local government recently tried to evict the organisations to make room for additional office space. But the organisations are refusing to go, calling the move a threat to Slovak culture in the town.

Local authorities are now suggesting that the organisations solve the situation by buying the space from the municipality.

But József Berenyi, vice-chairman of the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) in Slovakia, has also travelled to the village recently. His suggestion is that the governments of the two countries donate money to the Slovak community for the purchase and reconstruction of a house in the center of the village.

The Slovak cabinet discussed the situation last week and is prepared to put up the necessary funds. Moreover, Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Ján Slota started a fundraiser for the effort on March 29. He himself donated Sk100,000. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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