Slovakia ratified the European Charter on Regional and Minority Languages


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Subject: Slovakia ratified the European Charter on Regional and Minority Languages

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Slovakia ratified the European Charter on Regional and
Minority Languages


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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 5, No. 117, Part II, 20 June 2001


The Slovak parliament on 19 June ratified the European Charter on
Regional Minority Languages with the support of coalition parties and
amidst strong criticism from the opposition, CTK reported. Foreign
Minister Eduard Kukan said the document "aims at creating conditions
for the preservation and development of minority languages [and their
use] in education, the justice system, state and public
administration, the media, culture, economic and social life, as well
as in cross-border cooperation." Many opposition deputies displayed
inscriptions reading "Do not let Slovakia become another Kosovo." Most
deputies representing the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia and the
Slovak National Party said the charter only benefits the country's
Hungarian minority, and some of those deputies said the Hungarian
Coalition Party intends to use the charter to secure the autonomy of
southern Slovakia, where most ethnic Hungarians live. MS

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