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Slovakia: International Court To Examine Dam Case

Bratislava, 1 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Representatives from the International Court in the Hague are visiting Slovakia and Hungary this week in connection with the Gabcikovo dam case. A Slovak Foreign Ministry official tells RFE/RL today that court representatives will visit Slovakia and the Hungarian side of the Danube for an on-site inspection.

International Court Justices this month began hearing arguments in the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros hydro-electric project case. The Court is expected to make a ruling this Autumn.

In the late 1980s, officials from the then-Czechoslovakia and Hungary agreed to the joint project. However, when a section of the Danube was diverted, Hungary cited environmental concerns -- and, withdrew from the project.

Hungarian officials took their concerns to the International Court in 1992, when they filed a formal complaint.