CEOL - Orban, Hungarian Foreign Ministry Explain Missile Statement

BUDAPEST, Nov 5, 1999 -- (RFE/RL) Prime Minister Viktor Orban on November 3 said he had told a reporter in Canada only that the Cabinet "would consider" allowing NATO nuclear missiles to be stationed in Hungary in the event of an "international crisis," adding that "Hungarians would not be pleased at all" if such a situation arose.

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry told a Russian embassy official the same day that Hungary has "a vested interest" in developing broad relations with Russia and that Hungary's NATO membership is not directed against any single state, including Russia.

A Foreign Ministry statement said Hungary continues to fully agree with the NATO stance described in the founding documents of the NATO-Russia Permanent Council, according to which the alliance does not plan to deploy nuclear weapons on the territory of new member states.