Cabinet to have say in foreign troops' use of Hungarian territory

Jun 14, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) The parliament on 13 June passed an amendment to the constitution giving the government a say in the approval of foreign troops' use of Hungarian territory and air space.

Under the amendment, the cabinet will decide whether to allow military aircraft of allied states to enter and use Hungarian airspace.

It will also decide on as whether allied troops can take part in exercises on Hungarian territory.

The amendment was prompted by obligations arising from NATO membership.

The participation of Hungarian soldiers in either peace-keeping or combat activities and the permanent stationing of foreign troops in Hungary continue to require approval by a two-thirds majority in the parliament.

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