Saturday, April 02, 2005

Vojvodina Hungarians call for Kosovo Serb-style autonomy

The leader of the Democratic Party of Vojvodina Hungarians, Andras Agoston, says that Serbia already has a basic concept of personal autonomy for national minorities, which is incorporated in the Serbian government's plan for the Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija.

"The Hungarians, of course, are not asking for everything envisaged by that plan, such as territorial delineation on the basis of protected enclaves, although a parallel can certainly be drawn between the form of personal autonomy planned for Kosovo Serbs and the ideal solution for Vojvodina Hungarians," Agoston said in an interview for today's edition of Dnevnik of Novi Sad.

The chairman of the Hungarian parliament's foreign policy committee, Zsolt Nemeth, said during a recent visit to Novi Sad that he hoped that the new Serbian constitution would guarantee autonomy for the Hungarian community in Vojvodina.

He said on this occasion that it was in Hungary's interest that the Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija get the broadest possible degree of autonomy.

Source: SRNA news agency, Bijeljina, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 0845 gmt 2 Apr 05

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