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Slovakia: Slovak-Hungarian-Austrian Summit Today

Bratislava, 4 November 1996 (RFE/RL) -- The prime ministers of Slovakia and Hungary and Austria's chancellor are scheduled to hold a trilateral summit today at the spa resort town of Piestany in eastern Slovakia.

The meeting will be the second this year between Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar, Hungarian Prime Minister Gyula Horn, and Austrian Chancellor Franz Vranitzky.

Regional cooperation projects and bids by Slovakia and Hungary to join the European Union are expected to head the agenda of the talks.

Slovak officials told our correspondent last week that it is possible Meciar and Horn may meet separately during the summit. A meeting between the two men in August was cancelled at the last minute.

The Slovak officials said that if there is a Meciar-Horn meeting, the issue of Hungarian minorities living in Slovakia is likely to be on the agenda. The two sides have discussed establishing a commission to deal with Hungarian-Slovak minority issues. Some 10 percent of Slovakia's 5.5 million people are ethnic Hungarians.