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Romania Resumes Talks With Hungary and Ukraine

BUDAPEST, Kiev; Mar 12 (RFE/RL) - A new round of Romania-Hungary talks on a bi-lateral treaty opens today in Budapest. Delegations include experts from each Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The sides will discuss a joint political statement, which is part of the so-called Romania-Hungary "historic reconciliation" outlined by Romania's President Ion Iliescu. Other parts of the "reconciliation" package, including a policy on ethnic minorities, were discussed recently in Bucharest.

Iliescu proposed the "reconcilation" package as negotiations on a full-scale, Romania-Hungary treaty stalled over disputes on minority and territorial issues.

The first session of an Advisory Inter-Governmental Romania-Ukraine Council for Economic Cooperation opens today in Kiev. Romania and Ukraine are also seeking to complete a new, bi-lateral treaty. Bucharest-Kiev disputes focus on the formerly secret protocols to the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and some territorial issues.