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Coalition Council to discuss disputed Press Act

Slovakia's governing coalition leaders will meet on April 3 to discuss unresolved points of the controversial Press Act.

Slovakia's governing coalition leaders will meet on April 3 to discuss unresolved points of the controversial Press Act.

"We want facts to be met with facts," coalition ĽS-HZDS vice-chair Milan Urbáni (ĽS-HZDS) said, adding that his party wanted the amendments especially in the articles dealing with the right to respond.

Urbáni said that he wanted the final version of the Press Act "to fit everybody". He says the party delegation will consist of the chairmen of the coalition parties and two vice chairs, and they will meet in Parliament at 8:30 a.m. The participation of SNS chairman Ján Slota at the coalition meeting isn't sure. Slota told SLOVAKIA that he was in Prague at the moment and "it was not certain whether he would manage to get back in time".

SNS caucus chairman Rafael Rafaj hasn't specified the party's views on the Press Act, as further discussion is expected to be held within the party.

Coalition Smer spokesperson Katarina Kližanová Rýsová didn't rule out that on April 3, the Coalition Council would also deal with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

The Press Act and the Lisbon Treaty have been intertwined by the opposition, which is conditioning its support for the treaty on fundamental changes to the act. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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