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Kubiš meets Göncz to discuss troubled Slovak-Hungarian relations

Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš met his Hungarian counterpart Kinga Göncz for talks on November 3 in Marseille, France, where the two were attending an informal session of foreign affairs ministers of EU countries, ministry spokesman Ján Škoda told the TASR newswire.

Foreign Affairs Minister Ján Kubiš met his Hungarian counterpart Kinga Göncz for talks on November 3 in Marseille, France, where the two were attending an informal session of foreign affairs ministers of EU countries, ministry spokesman Ján Škoda told the TASR newswire.

The focus of the discussions was the negative developments in Slovak-Hungarian relations. Kubiš repeatedly pointed to what he referred to as unacceptable anti-Slovak manifestations and activities that had taken place during demonstrations in front of the Slovak embassy in Budapest on November 1, along with defamatory statements addressed to Slovakia and the desecration of the Slovak flag.

Kubiš appreciated the strict condemnation of such actions by the Hungarian government, but pointed out that the demonstrations are continuing. He asked Göncz to intervene, to re-investigate extremist provocations and to do everything possible to prevent any repeat of such activities in the future. Göncz called for a thorough investigation of the intervention by the Slovak police against Hungarian fans at that evening’s football match between DAC Dunajská Streda and Slovan Bratislava in Dunajská Streda (Trnava region). TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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