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Greens and Smer break ties, trade barbs

THE GREEN Party has terminated its cooperation with the senior governing coalition party, Smer. Both parties have decided to withdraw from an agreement on cooperation that chairmen Robert Fico (Smer) and Pavol Petrík (Green Party) signed on March 28, 2008.

THE GREEN Party has terminated its cooperation with the senior governing coalition party, Smer. Both parties have decided to withdraw from an agreement on cooperation that chairmen Robert Fico (Smer) and Pavol Petrík (Green Party) signed on March 28, 2008.

On January 7, the Greens issued a statement sharply condemning the remarks by Katarína Kližanová-Rysová, a spokesperson for Smer, in which she stated that the Greens “had never actually wanted to solve substantive issues concerning the environment but only wanted to get a list of candidates slated for elections”. The Greens counter-claimed that they had actually presented several written proposals to Smer concerning issues such as the destruction of forests in High Tatras National Park, the bark beetle calamity in the Kôprová and Tichá Dolina valleys and the Pezinok waste dump scandal.

Robert Beňo, a representative of the Green Party leadership, according to SITA commented: “The spokesperson for Smer apparently feels that it was she who won the elections and can therefore be so arrogant that she does not have to read written proposals submitted to Smer by the Green Party regarding substantive environmental problems.” SITA further cited Beňo as suggesting that for Smer the agreement with the Green Party was probably just a move to create the impression that they care about resolving environmental issues. “Remaining in such an agreement would only bring shame to the Green Party,” Beňo told SITA.


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