Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) chairman Ján Figeľ said after meeting President Ivan Gašparovič on Wednesday, June 16, that he believes adoption of two partial agreements linked to the Fundamental Treaty with the Holy See will be part of the next government manifesto.
“It’s an international obligation that needs to be carried out,” said Figeľ, adding that he assured the head of state that resolving relations between church and state is in the interests of the whole of Slovakia, not just of the KDH.
One of the agreements deals with conscientious objection, which was the cause of the KDH’s decision to leave the former government led by Mikuláš Dzurinda in early 2006, as the latter's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) had objections to its wording. Figeľ noted that the outgoing government of Prime Minister Robert Fico has not done anything with the issue over the past four years. He added that the matter will be subject to discussions within a new centre-right government and the final agreement of the four parties involved – SDKÚ, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), KDH and Most-Híd – which should be presented next Tuesday.
When asked whether the agreements with the Vatican would be a hurdle in talks to form the future government, Figeľ said that the parties would surely find an agreement.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Jun 2010 at 14:00