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Chronology for Hungarians in Yugoslavia

Publisher Minorities at Risk Project
Publication Date 2004
Cite as Minorities at Risk Project, Chronology for Hungarians in Yugoslavia, 2004, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/469f38f5c.html [accessed 21 April 2014]
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Date(s) Item
Sep 7, 1990 The Serbian parliament adopts a new constitution which eliminates autonomy in the Vojvodina region.
Feb 1, 1991 Unknown assailants bomb the Hungarian Catholic Church of St. Teresa and write "death to Hungarians" on the church's wall.
Jul 1991 Serbia passes a law making Serbian the official language in Serbia.
Aug 5, 1991 The Financial Times reports that non-Serbs are being purged from Vojvodina's government.
Sep 29, 1991 The St. Petersburg Times reports that 70% of the ethnic Hungarian recruits for the Serbian army have refused to join. Thousands have fled to Hungary. They complain that ethnic Hungarians are sent in disproportionate numbers to the front and accordingly suffer from disproportionate casualties. Also most ethnic Hungarians oppose the war with Croatia.
Sep 29, 1991 The St. Petersburg Times reports that Serbia is trying to settle 100000 Serbs from Croatia in Vojvodina.
Dec 1991 Hungary accuses Serbia of waging a campaign of intimidation against the ethnic Hungarian minority in Serbia's Vojvodina province. Note Hungary protests Serbia's actions in Vojvodina throughout the period covered by this chronology. Such protests will not be further noted here unless otherwise noteworthy.
Dec 1991 150 journalists at Magyar Szo the main Hungarian-language newspaper in Vojvodina protest the government's decision to replace the newspaper's editor-in-chief.
Dec 11, 1991 The Independent reports that the Serbian media has been accusing ethnic Hungarians of inciting desertions from the army and supporting Croatia's secession from Yugoslavia.
Feb 1992 The US Department of State 1991 Human Rights Report reports that Croats and ethnic Hungarians who have fled from Vojvodina are being forcibly prevented from returning.
Apr 1992 The Democratic Community of Hungarians in Vojvodina (DCHV) proposes wide-ranging autonomy for Hungarians in Vojvodina. Every major political party in Serbia rejects the proposal and accuses the DCHV of aiming for secession.
May 22, 1992 Agence France reports a campaign of intimidation by armed Serbs in Vojvodina in the town of Hrtkovci to force out all non-Serbs including Croats and Hungarians. It also reports that at least 10 villages in Vojvodina have already been "purged" to make room for Serb refugees from Croatia and Bosnia.
Jul 1992 There are several reports that many non-Serbs including ethnic Hungarians and Croats have fled the Vojvodina region due to a violent intimidation campaign by Serb extremists including bombings gunfire beatings death threats and threats of rape. This campaign seems to focus on the communities in Vojvodina with majority non-Serb populations. There are also reports of a large influx of Serb refugees from Croatia.
Aug 19, 1992 UPI reports that Hungarians and other non-Serbs in recent months have been forced by threats beatings and firearm attacks to flee Vojvodina after being coerced into signing house-swapping agreements with Serb refugees from Croatia and Bosnia.
Aug 29, 1992 The Daily Telegraph reports that Serb refugees from Croatia and Bosnia are demanding the purging of ethically mixed communities in Vojvodina.
Sep 3, 1992 The BBC reports a Serb government order that 10000 Serb refugees must be settled in towns inhabited by ethnic Hungarians in Vojvodina. The DCHV and the Hungarian government protest this action as an attempt to change the ethnic composition of the region.
Sep 10, 1992 The Christian Science Monitor reports the arrests of Serbs suspected of leading a three-month ethnic cleansing campaign in Hrtkovci giving the first signs of credibility to Yugoslav prime minister Panic's pledges to curb ethnic violence. Those arrested include the village's mayor.
Sep 17, 1992 Reuters reports that the DCHV has accused Serbia of planning to set up compulsory Serbian-language sections for ethnic Hungarians in schools in Vojvodina.
Oct 10 - 11, 1992 Ethnic Hungarians in Vojvodina boycott a referendum requiring early elections.
Dec 20, 1992 In country-wide parliamentary elections the Democratic Community of Hungarians in Vojvodina (DCHV) wins 9 out of 250 seats. The DCHV also wins 18 of 60 seats in Vojvodina's parliament with more than 90% of the Hungarian vote.
Jan 21, 1993 Reuters reports that hardline Serb policies including an ethnic purge of the local government of Vojvodina are forcing ethnic Hungarians to flee Serbia.
Jan 21, 1993 Reuters reports that the DCHV claims that Serbia has passed 17 new laws since 1990 which either narrow or abolish Hungarian minority rights. This includes the abolition of multi-lingualism in courts and ending funding for bilingualism in government administration. The number of ethnic Hungarian policemen and judges in the court system have been reduced. Also the influence of Hungarian politicians in local government has been reduced.
May 7, 1993 The BBC reports that ethnic Hungarians and Croats in Vojvodina are concerned by calls by the Serb Falcons a Serb paramilitary organization for fighting against minorities.
Aug 1993 Serb ultranationalists engage in a series of marches in the Vojvodina town of Subotica. Many say that one of the main objectives of these marches is to harass and intimidate local residents many of whom are ethnic Hungarians.
Aug 1993 Serbia expels Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) human rights observers from Vojvodina.
Aug 23, 1993 The CSCE condemns Serbia for human rights violations in Vojvodina.
Nov 6, 1993 The Serbian government rounds up members of radical Serb paramilitary organizations on charges of terrorizing civilians. This appears to be an attempt to undermine an intimidate the government's political opposition before next month's elections.
Dec 1993 In Parliamentary elections the DCHV wins five out of 250 seats.
Dec 27, 1993 The US Department of State 1993 Human Rights Report reports the firebombing of Croatian and Hungarian Catholic churches in Vojvodina.
Aug 1995 The DCHV and the Hungarian government express concern that the 150000 ethnic Serbs fleeing from Croatia's Krajina region will be resettled in Vojvodina which would further upset the region's ethnic balance. The DCHV claims that 90000 have thus far been settled in the region. The DCHV also says that government authorities have ordered the compilation of a list of all empty houses in all towns and villages in the region. There have also been incidents of Serb refugees harassing ethnic Hungarians and in some cases evicting them from their homes.
Oct 19, 1995 An explosion damages a Hungarian cultural club in Vojvodina.
Oct 23, 1995 Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Horn says that coordination work between Hungary and Yugoslavia to help restore the Yugoslav economy can begin before the lifting of the economic embargo against Yugoslavia. Horn says no agreements has yet been reached on the issue of the Vojvodina Hungarians but separate talks would be held to deal with the issue.(BBC)
Oct 23, 1995 Before the arrival of the of Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Horn in Belgrade Minister Margit Savovic says to MTI that minority affairs internal to states should be discussed bilaterally rather than raised to an international level. He says Yugoslavia is ready to start a dialogue with representatives of Hungarians in Vojvodina and is willing to discuss all the open issues. (BBC)
Oct 23, 1995 During his visit to Belgrade Prime Minister Gyula Horn says he has initiated a bilateral dialogue on the fate of the Vojvodina Hungarians. (BBC)
Jan 1, 1996 Conscription is reportedly continuing in Serbia's province of Vojvodina. It is said that authorities are conscripting considerably more ethnic Hungarians than the ethnic ratios would suggest. The political organization of Vojvodina Hungarians is protesting against the procedure which is likely to cause further emigration. (BBC)
Mar 19, 1996 The Chairman of the Democratic Community of Vojvodina Hungarians (DZVM) says that DZVM will cooperate with the Association of Vojvodina Hungarians UVM if only the latter accepts the DZVM's autonomy plan which includes political self-government. DZVM chairman also believes that if the Kosovo Albanians return to the political scene and participate in the elections an extremely strong minority block is likely to be formed in Serbia. (BBC)
May 14, 1996 Seventeen parties associations and organizations sign a document that the general public knows as the Manifesto for Vojvodina Autonomy. A gathering holds in Indjija to promote the Manifesto. The gathering is addressed by Stanimir Lazic president of the Vojvodina Club who explains the demands of the manifesto's signatories saying that the signatories wanted to initiate a procedure to change Serbia's and the FRY's Federal Republic of Yugoslavia constitution so as to enable Vojvodina to become an autonomous province and a modern European region in which all citizens would be equal irrespective of ethnicity ancestry or religion. (BBC)
Jun 25, 1996 UN special rapporteur on human rights Elisabeth Rehn says that she is pleased with the rights which members of national minorities enjoy in Yugoslavia's Vojvodina Province. (BBC)
Jun 26, 1996 The Subotica regional organization of the Democratic Union of Vojvodina Hungarians DZVM unanimously decides not to enter into coalition with the Association of Vojvodina Hungarians UVM in the local and parliamentary elections. Janos Vekas a DZVM deputy chairman says that if the Vojvodina Hungarians are unable to draw a distinction between the two parties during the election then they are not ready for autonomy. (BBC)
Nov 12, 1996 The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians [UVM] calls on the Hungarians in Vojvodina to turn out in large numbers in the second round of the local elections in Yugoslavia which will be decisive in the contest for local governments in Hungarian-inhabited areas. The objective of the UVM continues to be to join forces in the elections with the other influential Hungarian party the Democratic Community of Vojvodina Hungarians which it does not consider as its political rival.(BBC)
Jan 21, 1997 Serbian radio blames the opposition which has been in power in Novi Sad since a month and a half that it carries out unprecedented attacks on democracy by showing intolerance to different political views and by inspiring revanchist moves amid the ethnic Hungarian population of the province. (BBC)
Mar 11, 1997 The Vojvodina Coalition which consists of the League of Social Democrats the National Peasants' Party the Reformist Democratic Party of Vojvodina and the Banat Forum holds a meeting in Novi Sad and adopts a political declaration that openly and thunderously requests autonomy for the province as a federal unit in the federal Serbia.(BBC)
Apr 17, 1997 The chairman of the municipal committee of the Serb Democratic Party of Serb Lands (SDS SZ pan-Serb party launched and controlled by ruling Bosnian Serb SDS) Spasoje Salatic condemns the secessionist activities of the League for Vojvodina. (BBC)
Apr 30, 1997 In its talks with the Hungarian state secretary in charge of minority affairs the Democratic Union of Vojvodina Hungarians [DZVM] states that it supports the autonomy aspirations of the Hungarians in Yugoslavia and it will henceforth try to cooperate with the leadership both in Belgrade and in Budapest.(BBC)
May 13, 1997 The leaders of the Vojvodina coalition opt for Milan Panic as the coalition's presidential candidate who they see as carrying significant weight over the two feuding leaders Vuk Draskovic and Zoran Djindjic. Vojvodina proautonomy leaders Dragan Veselinov and Nenad Canak firmly believe that Panic has the best chance of winning in the upcoming presidential elections.(BBC)
Aug 4, 1997 Two Hungarian organizations in Vojvodina fail to agree on joint candidates in the Serbian parliamentary elections in September. The main conflict between the Association of Vojvodina Hungarians and the Democratic Community of Vojvodina Hungarians is over the distribution of parliamentary seats. The two sides have suspended talks with the conclusion that although political cooperation would be desirable between the Vojvodina Hungarian organizations there was not enough time to reach an agreement before the elections.(BBC)
Nov 21, 1997 The largest ethnic Hungarian political party in Vojvodina the Association of Vojvodina Hungarians [SVM] resolves to support Vuk Draskovic as candidate in the Serbian presidential elections and demands that he include further issues in his program. Among them are the demands on Hungarian-language education; the proper use of taxes paid by ethnic Hungarians for maintaining the Hungarian community's intellectual life; active participation of Hungarian ethnic representatives in considerations of all matters affecting the Vojvodina Hungarians. (BBC)
Mar 7, 1998 Nenad Canak chairman of the Vojvodina Social Democratic League says that the establishment of Vojvodina's autonomy must not be linked to that of Kosovo .When settling the status of the two regions Canak believes it might be best for Vojvodina to take priority because unlike Kosovo none of the forces in Vojvodina want to break this region free from Serbia. If the international community first settles the Kosovo issue instead if it forces concessions from Milosevic in the interest of this could certainly have an unfavorable influence on Vojvodina's autonomy efforts. (BBC)
Mar 19, 1998 Dragan Veselinov president of the Vojvodina Coalition says that the Coalition will ask representatives of the international community to give international attention to the issue of Vojvodina's status. (BBC)
Mar 19, 1998 The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians announces its withdrawal until further notice from the Serbian parliament delegation at the talks with representatives of the Kosovo Albanians. The alliance members say that the developments have convinced them that there is not enough political determination for a thorough preparation of the talks. It is also said that the other side that is the Kosovo Albanians should not be invited to talks through a public invitation broadcast on the radio and that the parliament Speaker should know who is currently considered to be the legitimate representative of the Albanian people in Kosovo-Metohija.(BBC)
Mar 26, 1998 Nenad Canak president of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina LSV says that the newly formed Serbian government is not a government of national unity but "a coalition government of national socialists and fascists".(BBC)
Apr 15, 1998 Sandor Egeresi chairman of the provincial Vojvodina parliamentary committee on minority affairs proposes the Hungarian leadership to make possible for representatives of Hungarian minorities in neighboring countries to receive an observer status in the Hungarian legislature so that ethnic Hungarians beyond the border more effectively coordinate their views with Hungarian parliamentary parties.(MTI Econews)
Apr 15, 1998 The Pancevo-based branch of the Vojvodina Coalition distances itself from the demands forwarded by the leaders of the Vojvodina Coalition from Novi Sad Nenad Canak and Miodrag Isakov that the Serbian government start talks on Vojvodina's autonomy .(BBC)
Jun 22, 1998 Relatives of Vojvodina Hungarian conscripts serving in Kosovo demonstrate outside the Yugoslav Army's HQ in Belgrade. The demonstrators mostly parents of the conscripts halt the traffic outside the HQ. The police pushes the crowd of about 150 people off the street. Nenad Canak leader of the League of Vojvodina Social Democrats tells the Hungarian radio that they have submitted a two-point petition to competent military officials demanding precise information about the whereabouts of Vojvodina conscripts as well as withdrawal from Kosovo of conscripts recruited in Vojvodina. (BBC)
Aug 26, 1998 It is reported that six ethnic Hungarians ordered to serve in Kosovo have applied to Hungary for political asylum. The office has already granted asylum to one of them.(BBC)
Sep 30, 1998 Janos Martonyi Foreign Minister of Hungary tells his Yugoslav counterpart that Hungary would see it as a crucial political confidence-boosting gesture if Belgrade takes into account that ethnic Hungarian conscripts and reservists in the north Yugoslav province of Vojvodina do not want to be involved in the ethnic conflict in the southern Yugoslav province of Kosovo. (BBC)
Oct 7, 1998 Laszlo Jozsa deputy chairman of the Association of Vojvodina Hungarians says that a large number of men of military age in areas populated by ethnic Hungarians have received call-up orders to serve as reservists.(BBC)
Oct 14, 1998 After talks with SVM chairman Jozsef Kasza in Budapest Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi says that the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM) has maintained its position that it would prefer Hungary not to open up its airspace to NATO and it has showed satisfaction with Hungary's decision not to provide logistical support for a possible air strike against Yugoslavia. On his part Matronyi observes that the Hungarian negotiators in Washington and Brussels have always emphasized that the ethnic Hungarian community of Vojvodina was exposed to danger and that therefore Hungary's role in any action would be reduced to the lowest possible level.(BBC)
Nov 25, 1998 The Hungarian political parties in Vojvodina at a meeting jointly demand that the OSCE offices be reopened in Vojvodina that the protection of the rights of minorities living there be guaranteed and the peace plan of US diplomat Christopher Hill be applied not only to Kosovo but to Vojvodina as well.(BBC)
Dec 14, 1998 The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM) announces that on 14th December it will be presenting a package agreement on the definition of the political framework for self-rule in Vojvodina drafted by the party's experts. An SVM statement says that talks should start next week with representatives of other Vojvodina Hungarian parties on harmonizing their views on the draft document.(BBC)
Dec 27, 1998 The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM) and the Democratic Community of Vojvodina Hungarians (DZVM ) - the two major political parties of the ethnic Hungarian community of Vojvodina - agree on a general political plan for the autonomy of Vojvodina and on electoral cooperation. The document will be published and sent to the Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic the Serbian President Milan Milutinovic the Serbian parliamentary parties the Council of Europe the international liaison group and senior politicians in Hungary. (BBC)
Feb 9, 1999 Dragan Veselinov chairman of the Vojvodina Coalition says that the aim of the coalition is to get what Kosovo is getting now. (BBC)
Feb 17, 1999 In his talk with Jiri Dienstbier UN special rapporteur on human rights in Yugoslavia Vojvodina Executive Council chairman Bosko Perosevic maintains that respect of the elementary rights of ethnic minorities in Vojvodina is at a high level. He observes that all citizens have identical rights as any member of the majority Serbian people; all minorities have collective rights in connection with the use of their language and script; and all national minorities take active part in political life through their political parties and their deputies in the Vojvodina parliament..(BBC)
Feb 23, 1999 Hungarian premier Orban calls for the reinstatement of Vojvodina's autonomy. Orban says it would be better to act pre-emptively than wait for an open conflict to break out like in Kosovo. (BBC)
Feb 24, 1999 At a conference in Budapest entitled "Hungary and Hungarian Minorities Abroad 1999" the Hungarian-[ethnic] Hungarian dialogue has been given an institutional form. A political consultative body has been established which will associate ethnic Hungarian organizations with parliamentary or provincial representation in the neighboring countries with Hungarian political parties the Hungarian government and the Hungarian communities represented by the World Federation of Hungarians. (BBC)
Mar 24, 1999 Chairman of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians Jozsef Kasza says that if Hungary is to take part in any possible NATO intervention then the ethnic Hungarians in Vojvodina would suffer the most. He says there is tension and nervousness within the Hungarian community in Vojvodina. Hungarian Foreign Ministry Administrative State Secretary Janos Hermann says that the Foreign Ministry has drawn the attention of the Yugoslav government and NATO to Hungary's opinion about the situation of the Hungarians in Vojvodina.(BBC)
Mar 26, 1999 General mobilization is ordered in Vajdasag Vojvodina. In several places Serb and ethnic Hungarian reservists are being taken from their homes by force. Hungarian politicians in Vojvodina report that a mood of panic is prevailing in Ujvidek Novi Sad and its neighbourhood.(BBC)
Mar 31, 1999 Peter Kerekes chief of cabinet at the Szeged mayor's office says that fewer Vojvodina Hungarians have been called up by the Serbian Army than would have been warranted otherwise by the ethnic Hungarians' proportion in the population. At the same time a large part of those doing reservist duties are currently stationed in Vojvodina as reservists in barracks.(BBC)
Apr 7, 1999 Novi Sad becomes one of Nato's main targets in its air war against President Milosevic. The city's oil refinery and the bridge across the Danube are under bombardment.(The Times)
Apr 8, 1999 Zsolt Nemeth the political state secretary at the Foreign Ministry denies that Hungary would sacrifice the Hungarians of Vojvodina in return for its own safety. Zsolt Nemeth says that Hungary does not have firm information about the possibility of Vojvodina Hungarians becoming hostages because of NATO's actions but he adds that the Hungarian government has made preparations even for this eventuality. Zsolt Nemeth says that should the war in Yugoslavia spread in any way Hungary would stand behind the Vojvodina Hungarians.(BBC)
Apr 9, 1999 The Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban tells Hungarian Radio that NATO's destruction of road and rail bridges over the Danube river has stranded angry and frustrated Serbian troops in their bases along Vojvodina's border with Hungary and he fears they may vent their rage on the province's ethnic minorities.(The Scottman)
Apr 9, 1999 Ferenc Pap chairman of the Christian Democrat Movement of Vojvodina Hungarians says that "Hungarians living in Vojvodina are in an extremely difficult critical situation and fear Slobodan Milosevic's regime rather than NATO's intervention". (BBC)
Apr 12, 1999 Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi says that the situation of the Vojvodina Hungarians is not anymore an exclusively Hungarian problem; rather it is a NATO problem.(BBC)
Apr 21, 1999 Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi expresses bewilderment over NATO's bomb attacks on the northern Serbian town of Subotica near the Hungarian border. He says that Hungary has asked NATO allies to spare the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina and has requested an explanation of these actions. (BBC)
Apr 26, 1999 The foreign affairs spokesman of the junior government coalition partner the Hungarian Democratic Forum Andras Kelemen says that the government will demand some kind of autonomy for the Vojvodina Hungarians at the peace conference at the end of the Yugoslav war.(BBC)
Apr 26, 1999 Hungarian President Arpad Goencz turns down an invitation to attend the NATO's anniversary celebration in Washington. It is rumored in diplomatic circles that the absence of the head of state is a political gesture displaying Budapest's displeasure at NATO's failure to spare Vojvodina from bombardment. (BBC)
Apr 26, 1999 The chairman of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians Jozsef Kasza asks politicians in Hungary to show restraint and circumspection in their statements on the Yugoslav war. Speaking in a Hungarian public service TV program Jozsef Kasza says that the Hungarians of Vojvodina are in the middle of a crossfire and have to suffer the consequences of any ill-considered statement. According to Jozsef Kasza a disaster similar to the one in Kosovo cannot occur in Vojvodina because the historical legacy the cultural background and human relations of the province are different.(BBC)
May 10, 1999 Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi calls for Serbia to restore autonomy to Vojvodina. Former Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Horn has also supported autonomy in Vojvodina but he has rejected calls by some Hungarian politicians for independence for the province. (Deutsche Presse Agentur)
May 10, 1999 Zsolt Nemeth Hungarian parliamentary state secretary for foreign affairs says that the Hungarian government backs the soonest possible return of the OSCE missions to Vojvodina.(BBC)
May 15, 1999 In response to a controversial statement by the deputy chairman of the junior coalition party on the status of Vojvodina Laszlo Jozsa deputy chairman of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians [SVM] says that those who could imagine Vojvodina as a small independent state has no clue of the circumstances prevailing there.(BBC)
May 17, 1999 Bela Csorba deputy chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Party of Vojvodina MDSV says that since the majority of the province's population is Serb an autonomous Vojvodina would only mean another small Serb-dominated nation which is a totally unrealistic idea. In his view Hungary should rather support his party's demand for personal autonomy for Hungarians living there. (BBC)
May 18, 1999 A new autonomy plan is under preparation in Vojvodina. The new plan includes a more distinct demand for territorial autonomy than so far. Consultations over this plan among Hungarian political organizations is expected to start in the next few days.(BBC)
Jun 1, 1999 The political State Secretary Zsolt Nemeth says that he believes that a new concept limited sovereignty will be at the center of a future settlement in Southeastern Europe. He says that ethnic communities with limited sovereignty would have a certain amount of autonomy without altering borders or querying the territorial status quo of the region. Nemeth adds that the Hungarian government would give the Hungarian minority in Vojvodina expert support in drawing up its autonomy plans and diplomatic support in presenting these to the international community. (BBC)
Jun 16, 1999 Hungarian Prime minister Orban comments on the changing ethnic composition of the Serbian province of Vojvodina. He points that 250000 Serbs have arrived in the province at the time of the Bosnian crisis and another refugee influx is now expected to follow the Kosovar crisis. Orban also points that at the same time about 30000 young ethnic Hungarians have fled Vojvodina to avoid being drafted into the Serbian army.(BBC)
Jun 19, 1999 Laszlo Jozsa deputy chairman of the Alliance of the Vojvodina Hungarians (SVM) says that the unresolved status of Serb refugees from Krajina is creating tensions in Vojvodina. Jozsa says that although the destruction of the Danube bridges has prevented the arrival of huge numbers of Kosovar Serb refugees in Vojvodina people of the province are still alarmed at the prospect.(BBC)
Jun 23, 1999 Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that the number of Serbian armed forces currently stationed in Vojvodina is larger than at the time of NATO's air strikes in Yugoslavia therefore the international community must stipulate a major arms reduction for Belgrade.(BBC)
Jun 23, 1999 Hungarian prime minister says that the Hungarian government finds it indispensable that the protection of minority rights in the Vojvodina enjoys a special place in the settlement of the crisis and more specifically in the implementation document of the (EU-led) Stability Pact" for the region.(Agence France Presse)
Jun 24, 1999 The foreign affairs spokesman announces that Hungary supports the plan of autonomy for the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina and within this territorial and personal autonomy for Vojvodina Hungarians. The Vojvodina ethnic Hungarians are divided between themselves on the issue of autonomy. The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians SVM prefers territorial autonomy while the Hungarian Democratic Party of Vojvodina MDSV is in favour of personal autonomy. (BBC)
Jun 25, 1999 Asked by MTI about Hungarian concerns over the influx of Serbs in Vojvodina NATO Gen. Wesley Clark has said that NATO is following with attention the situation there and its takes Hungary's security very seriously.(BBC)
Jun 29, 1999 A Hungarian Foreign Ministry official says that leading Serbian opposition politicians have indicated that they are open to Hungarian proposals for autonomy for ethnic Hungarians in Vojvodina. The leader of one of the Hungarian parties in Vojvodina the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians says that the ethnic Hungarians will face resistance when trying to implement their three-tier proposal for autonomy but they expect diplomatic backing from Hungary.(BBC)

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