| JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN SLOVAK AND ETHNIC HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS |
On September 6-8, 1996, PER conducted a third Slovakia roundtable, in LeMont Pelerin, Switzerland. At that meeting, ten members of the Slovak parliament,representing the ruling coalition and the opposition parties (including the three ethnic Hungarian parties), signed a joint declaration affirming their loyalty to Slovakia, as individuals and as representatives of their respective political parties; recommending that the government and parliament of Slovakia begin without delay to draft a bill on the use of minority languages for official business; recommending that a dialogue be continued concerning the protection of rights of members of ethnic minorities in the Slovak Republic; supporting Slovakia's efforts to join international organizations; agreeing to continue, in good faith, the endeavor to establish amicable relations among the people of Slovakia; calling on all political entities in the National Council of the Slovak Republic to support these recommendations.
The undersigned representatives of the parliamentary parties from Slovakia,meeting in Le Mont Pelerin on September 6-8, 1996, conducted on an open andconstructive debate concerning interethnic relations with a specialreference to Slovak- Hungarian relations in the Slovak Republic and issued a joint statement.
The undersigned participants from the Slovak Republic
Laszlo A. Nagy, President, Hungarian Civic Party
Bela Bugar, Chairman, Hungarian Christian Democratic Party
Miklos Duray, Chairman, Coexistence
Eva Garajova, Member, Finance, Budget, and Currency Committee, SlovakParliament
Anton Hrnko, Member, Democratic Union of Slovakia
Milan Knazko, Vice-Chairman, Democratic Union of Slovakia
Frantisek Miklosko, Vice-Chairman, Christian Democratic Movement
Jozef Prokes, Deputy Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, SlovakParliament
Dusan Slobodnik, Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Slovak Parliament
Eva Zelenayova, Member, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Slovak Parliament