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NATO/Slovakia: Opposition Parties Criticize Prime Minister

Bratislava, 10 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Opposition party members in Slovakia have called for Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar's resignation following Slovakia's failure to be admitted into NATO during its first wave expansion.

Democratic Party member Jan Langos and Christian Democrat Mikulas Dzurinda said yesterday Meciar should resign because he is responsible for the country's foreign policy.

Meciar also drew criticism from President Michal Kovac, who said NATO's failure at the Madrid summit to even mention Slovakia for consideration in upcoming expansion talks was a loss for the whole country.