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SMK vice-chair Duray apologises for statement in Hungarian

The vice-chairman of the ethnic Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), Miklós Duray, delivered on August 4 a letter to the Slovak National Party (SNS) containing a court-ordered apology for statement he made on Hungarian InfoRadio on July 28, 2006, in which he described the SNS as "a fascist party”. The text of his apology, however, is in Hungarian.

The vice-chairman of the ethnic Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), Miklós Duray, delivered on August 4 a letter to the Slovak National Party (SNS) containing a court-ordered apology for statement he made on Hungarian InfoRadio on July 28, 2006, in which he described the SNS as "a fascist party”. The text of his apology, however, is in Hungarian.

“I can confirm we received a letter from Mr. Duray, our lawyers are examining it now,” SNS press secretary Jana Benková told the TASR newswire on August 5.

In a short letter, which is not marked as an apology, Duray states in Slovak that he is sending the text of an apology in line with the decision of the Regional Court in Bratislava,. Although the court specified the wording of the apology in Slovak, Duray sent this translated into his mother tongue, Hungarian. Duray told the web portal felvidek.ma that the letter marked an end to the feud that the SNS started with him in 2006.

“In the appendix, I send you the text of a written apology as the Regional Court in Bratislava ordered me to do, also in the Slovak language,” Duray adds in his letter; the appendix contains only the copy of the verdict that orders it, in Slovak. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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