CEOL - Summit Of Ethnic Hungarians Reaches Compromise

BUDAPEST, Nov 16, 1999 -- (RFE/RL) A summit of ethnic Hungarian groups in Budapest on November 12 approved a document recommending that Hungarian law codify the status of ethnic Hungarians living outside the country. The document also states that the Hungarian government firmly supports efforts by the Hungarian minority in the Serbian province of Vojvodina to obtain autonomy. It stops short of demanding that ethnic Hungarians who are citizens of other countries be granted voting rights in Hungary. But Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi said Hungarian citizens living abroad "should be given voting rights, as that is not an ethnic or geographical matter." Ethnic Hungarian leaders from Romania, Slovakia, and Vojvodina supported the document.

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