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Slota: SNS to withdraw Act on UPN's Abolition

Governing coalition member the Slovak National Party (SNS) will withdraw its proposal to abolish the Nation's Memory Institute (ÚPN) on May 7, SNS chairman Ján Slota announced on May 6.

Governing coalition member the Slovak National Party (SNS) will withdraw its proposal to abolish the Nation's Memory Institute (ÚPN) on May 7, SNS chairman Ján Slota announced on May 6.

According to Slota, the coalition had agreed to abolish the institute, but Smer was divided on the issue. The future of the ÚPN will be discussed at a meeting of the Coalition Council on May 9.

Slota said that the SNS has drawn up an amendment to the legislation governing the ÚPN. He also strongly denied the information that has recently been discovered in ÚPN files: that his deceased father was a former communist-era secret service (ŠtB) agent and that Slota stole from a textiles shop in the village of Koš (Trenčín region) 35 years ago.

Slota revealed that there has never been a textiles shop in this village. He also said that the ŠtB created misinformation to smear people who had left the country. TASR

b>Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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