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Fico distances himself from Slota statement, but criticises Göncz

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico told journalists on June 10 that he dissociated himself from the Slovak National Party (SNS) chairman Ján Slota's remarks form June 6, in which he referred to Hungary's Foreign Minister Kinga Göncz as a "disheveled lady" who should pay more to her appearance.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico told journalists on June 10 that he dissociated himself from the Slovak National Party (SNS) chairman Ján Slota's remarks form June 6, in which he referred to Hungary's Foreign Minister Kinga Göncz as a "disheveled lady" who should pay more to her appearance.

Fico said such remarks did not belong in politics, the TASR newswire wrote. However, he went on to express his objection to Göncz's comparison of SNS to the Hungarian Guards, contending that she cannot say whatever she wants either.

Fico also pointed out that the Hungarian Guards represent a semi-fascist organisation. In Fico's view, the Guards are an unnecessary provocation with no place in any kind institutional setting, while the SNS is an integral part of the ruling coalition.

"Now it is showing that it was a good decision to build a coalition from these parties [SNS, HZDS and Smer] back in 2006," Fico said. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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