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Romania/Hungary: President Seeks Support For Controversial Treaty

Bucharest, 29 August 1996 (RFE/RL) - President Ion Iliescu is clearly seeking support for parliamentary ratification of the controversial Romania-Hungary treaty, reports RFE/RL's Bucharest correspondent..

A discussion on the text the treaty has opened among Romanian politicians at the Presidential Palace.

The main parties in parliament have expressed support for the treaty. But the junior partner in the governing coalition - the nationalist party of Cluj Mayor Gheorghe Funar - has accused Iliescu of "treason" over the treaty, and called for his removal.

The treaty aims to end years of disputes over the status of Romania's large ethnic-Hungarian minority. Correspondents say it will also boost each country's chances of admission into NATO and the European Union.

Iliescu yesterday officially announced he will stand for re-election as President in the November election. He will run as a member of the senior coalition party, the Party of Social Democracy.