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Hungary/Romania: Officials Discuss Reform, NATO

Prague, 30 April 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Hungarian Foreign Minister Laszlo Kovacs told visiting Romanian Senate chairman Petre Roman that Hungary will continue to do its utmost in order to secure access to an enlarged NATO jointly with Romania.

Our correspondent says that Hungarian President Arpad Goencz told Roman yesterday that Budapest was ready to share with Romania its experience of how to cope with overcoming the economic crisis during the transition period.

Roman noted that economic austerity measures could stir up extreme nationalist sentiments in Romania, particularly now, when an ethnic Hungarian political formation, the Hungarian Democratic Federation of Romania, is a member of the governing coalition. But he added that he was sure democracy in his country can be guaranteed.