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Romania: Talks With Hungary May Lead To Treaty

Bucharest, August 12 (RFE/RL) - A new round of Romania-Hungary consultations on a basic, bilateral treaty are planned for this week, according to Romania's foreign ministry.

The two days of consultations are scheduled to open tomorrow in Romania's capital. Hungary's Prime Minister Gyula Horn said over the weekend that Budapest and Bucharest are close to concluding the treaty.

Negotiations on the treaty have been at a standstill since the middle of last year because of a dispute over the ethnic Hungarian minority in Romania. There are about 1.6-million ethnic Hungarians in Romania, with a large portion concentrated in the Transylvania region.

Heading the negotiations for Hungary will be Foreign Ministry State Secretary Ferenc Somogyi, and for Romania, Foreign Ministry State Secretary Marcel Dinu.

Hungary's Prime Minister Horn also has said the rights of ethnic Hungarians living in Slovakia will be one of the main topics when he meets Slovakia's Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar in Budapest tomorrow.