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  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION ADOPTS A DECLARATION URGING THE HUNGARIAN PARLIAMENT TO FOREGO PARTISANSHIP AND FACILITATE HUNGARY'S INTEGRATION INTO NATO

    December 18, 1998

    (Washington, D.C.) On December 18, 1998, the Hungarian American Coalition ("Coalition") issued a Declaration unanimously adopted by its Executive Committee relating to the unexpected opposition by the political parties that made up the previous government over the proposed constitutional amendments that would allow Hungary to integrate fully into NATO. As an organization that had vigorously advocated the enlargement of the Alliance to include Hungary on several grounds, including that it would honor its obligations, the Coalition expressed its concern that "the proposed amendments . . . apparently have fallen victim to Hungarian domestic political squabbles that have no relevance to NATO membership." The Coalition also cautioned that "this unfortunate development will undermine Hungary's credibility, tarnish its image and adversely impact the future expansion of NATO." Consequently, the Coalition urged that "statesmanship prevail, Hungary's long-term security interests be placed above partisanship, and all necessary steps be taken to implement the substance of the proposed constitutional amendments to ensure that Hungary becomes a reliable NATO partner." More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION HOLDS SEVENTH ANNUAL MEETING AND MEETING OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    December 7, 1998

    On December 5, 1998, the Hungarian American Coalition ("Coalition") held its seventh Annual Meeting at the Kossuth House in Washington, DC., electing two new individual Board members Dr. Agnes Huszar Vardy and Mr. Istvan Fuzesi. Following the Annual Meeting the Board of Directors convened and elected as Chairman of the Board Mrs. Edith K. Lauer. The Board also created the new position of Honorary President unanimously electing Rev. Imre Bertalan, former Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Board elected as its new President Mr. Peter Ujvagi and renewed the terms of Mr. Julius Varallyay, Secretary; Mr. Zsolt Szekeres, Treasurer; Mr. Géza Kádár, Jr., Legal Counsel. Elected as Vice Presidents were Mr. George Dozsa, Mr. Imre Lendvai-Lintner, Rev. Istvan Mustos, Dr. Balazs Somogyi, and Bishop Francis Vitez. The following members of the Coalition were re-elected as members of the Board for another three year term: Mrs. Anne Bader; Mr. George Pogan; and the Minnesota Hungarians. It also approved membership for two organizations, the Geauga Magyar Cultural Society of Northeast Ohio and the Hungarian American Club of New Mexico. The Board increased the number of new individual Board members from the current 10 to a maximum of up to 20. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Successfully Completes USAID Funded Casemapping Education Project

    November 30, 1998

    The Hungarian American Coalition has successfully completed a United States Agency for International Development ("USAID") funded health care educational project. The grant provided seven Hungarian hospitals with improved quality and financial management tools. More than 150 professionals from 17 Hungarian hospitals participated in the sessions. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION BOARD MEMBER PARTICIPATES IN SEMINAR ON NATO ENLARGEMENT

    November 14, 1998

    (Washington, D.C.) The Hungarian American Coalition continues to be involved in issues relating to NATO and its enlargement. Board member Frank Koszorus, Jr., who spearheaded the organization's efforts in Washington on NATO expansion, participated as a panelist in a seminar titled "The New Diplomacy: Lessons Learned from the Campaign for the First Round of NATO Enlargement." The seminar, hosted by the United States Information Agency and the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, was held on the campus of the university on November 12, 1998. It asked "practitioners, at various levels, to look at the campaign for NATO enlargement for lessons learned for the foreign affairs agencies." More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION SETS NEW COURSE TO STRENGTHEN REGIONAL SUPPORT

    August 10, 1998

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Aug. 10 - The Hungarian American Coalition held its semi-annual Board Meeting on August 8 in Cleveland, OH, followed by a weekend retreat to review Coalition commitments, operations, and strategies. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION MEETS WITH JAMES ROSAPEPE, US AMBASSADOR TO ROMANIA

    July 20, 1998

    (Washington, DC). Eleven Hungarian American leaders met in Cleveland on July 25, 1998, with US Ambassador to Romania, James Rosapepe, during his recent US visit. The two-hour-long discussion was organized by Edith Lauer, President, Hungarian American Coalition, and included Coalition Board Members as well as Hungarian community leaders from Cleveland, Detroit and Toledo. Among the participants were László Böjtös, Frank Dobos, Rev. István Géczy, Rev. Szabolcs Kálmán, Dr. Péter Kovalszki, Jay Moldoványi, Gabriella Nádas, George Pogan, Krisztina Ujvági and Péter Ujvági. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION MEETS WITH DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT

    July 20, 1998

    (Washington, DC). Continuing its dialogue with high-level government officials, members of the Central and East European Coalition met with Deputy of State Strobe Talbott and other State Department officials on July 17, 1998. A number of topics were covered in the hour-long meeting, including the Administration's "open door" policy regarding the enlargement of NATO, Ukraine and Vice President Al Gore's imminent visit to that country, Russia and the Baltic states, the inadequate foreign aid to Central and Eastern Europe, the CEEC's opposition to the return of funds from the Polish American Enterprise Fund, and Kosovo. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION CALLS UPON VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE TO RAISE THREATENED HUNGARIAN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION DURING TRIP TO UKRAINE

    July 20, 1998

    (Washington, DC). In a letter submitted to Vice President Al Gore on the eve of his trip to Ukraine, the Hungarian American Coalition called upon the Vice President to raise the threatened curtailment of Hungarian language instruction with his Ukrainian hosts. The letter referred to the Ministry of Education's "conceptual principles of meeting the education needs of national minorities in Ukraine," in which the Ministry identifies its goal of promoting "a Ukrainian national mentality." As the letter notes, "members of Ukraine's ethnic Hungarian minority [comprising 12.5% of the population of Sub-Carpathia] justifiably fear that the proposal will result in the elimination or substantial curtailment of the already limited Hungarian language instruction that is available to that minority." More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION URGES PRESIDENT CONSTANTINESCU TO SUPPORT THE RIGHTS OF HUNGARIAN MINORITY

    July 20, 1998

    (Washington, DC). Hungarian Americans urged President Constantinescu of Romania to ensure that the rights of the Hungarian minority are fully respected during a reception held on July 16, 1998 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. George Dozsa, Frank Koszorus, Jr., Andor Nas, Beata Kovacs Nas, and Janos Szekeres raised several concrete measures that the Romanian government needs to initiate or implement to satisfy certain minimum conditions that would enable the Hungarian minority to preserve their unique cultural characteristics and identity. These relate Hungarian language instruction, the reestablishment of an independent Hungarian university that was closed under the communists, the return of real properties that were confiscated by the communists, and the strengthening of local self-government. The Hungarian American attendees also raised similar issues with United States Ambassador James Rosapepe and Peter Eckstein-Kovacs, an ethnic Hungarian Member of Parliament of Romania accompanying President Constantinescu. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION ATTENDS ROSE GARDEN CEREMONY GRANTING U.S. APPROVAL FOR ADMITTING HUNGARY TO NATO

    May 26, 1998

    (Washington, DC) "Today we welcome Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, finally erasing the boundary line the Cold War artificially imposed on the continent of Europe, strengthening an alliance that now, clearly, is better preserved to keep the peace and preserve our security into the 21st century," said President Clinton at a White House ceremony on May 22, 1998. During the celebratory event, President Clinton signed the instruments of ratification for enlargement of NATO. "We come to this day, thanks to many acts of courage … the sacrifices by those who raised freedom's banner in Budapest in 1956," added the President. More...
  • US SENATE RATIFIES NATO ENLARGEMENT TO INCLUDE HUNGARY BY A VOTE OF 80 TO 19

    May 3, 1998

    (Washington, DC) The United States Senate voted on April 30 to enlarge NATO to include Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. The bi-partisan vote was an overwhelming 80 to 19. President Clinton said, "[t]his vote is a milestone on the road to an undivided, democratic and peaceful Europe." During the debate which extended late into the evening, Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) noted that, "NATO expansion is squarely in the national interest, it is in the Europeans' interest, and I would argue - and history will tell - it is in the Russians' interest." Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) added that if the newly independent countries of the region were excluded from NATO membership, "we would have let an arbitrary line drawn by Stalin, . . . to stand as a permanent division of Europe." More...
  • CONTINUED SPONSORSHIP OF THE WHITE HOUSE INTERNSHIP BY AMERITECH PROGRAM

    April 15, 1998

    The White House Internship by Ameritech is an annual public service scholarship program administered by the Hungarian American Coalition since 1994. It is an excellent vehicle for motivated young men and women to further their interest in public service, community relations and international relations from the vantage point of the executive branch of government by working full time, for a semester or a summer, at various White House offices. Furthermore, participants can stay engaged with the Hungarian community by completing a project for the Coalition. More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY ON NATO ENLARGEMENT

    March 26, 1998

    (Washington, DC) "Forging a new NATO in the 21st century will help fulfill the commitment and the struggle that many of you in this room engaged in over the last 50 years," said President Clinton at a White House ceremony on March 20, 1998 during which he called on the Senate to promptly ratify NATO expansion. President Clinton continued by stating that, "Remember, this [Bosnia]was one of the largest, single operational deployments of American troops in Europe since World War II. It was staged from a base in Taszar, Hungary. It simply would not have happened as swiftly, smoothly, or safely without the active help and support of Hungary." More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION ATTENDS TRANSMITTAL CEREMONY OF THE PROTOCOL OF ACCESSION OF HUNGARY AS NEW NATO MEMBER

    February 12, 1997

    (Washington, D.C.) "In just a moment I will transmit to the Senate for its advice and consent the documents that will add Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic to NATO. Their addition to the alliance is not only a pivotal event in the quest for freedom and security by their own people; it is also a major stride forward for America, for the alliance, and for the stability and unity of all Europe -- a big part of our dream that we can in the 21st century create for the first time in all history a Europe that is free, at peace, and undivided," said President Clinton during the remarkable ceremony in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the Department of State on February 11, 1998. President Clinton closed his remarks by stating that, "With the step we take today, and the decision I am confident the Senate will take in the near future, I know that our historic partnership of nations is a rising sun, and that its ascendance will bring a more stable, more democratic, more peaceful, more unified future for all of us who live on both sides of the Atlantic." More...
  • U.S. AMBASSADOR POISED TO LEAVE FOR ROMANIA: HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION ATTENDS SWEARING IN CEREMONY

    January 28, 1998

    (Washington, D.C.) "The Romanian people have . . . the historic opportunity to achieve their aspirations. In that struggle, the United States is Romania's friend and Romania's partner," said the Honorable James C. Rosapepe during his swearing in ceremony as U.S. Ambassador to Romania. The ceremony took place in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department on January 20, 1998. Ambassador Rosapepe concluded his remarks by thanking, among others, "the many Americans of Romanian heritage, including those of ethnic and religious minorities, who have shared with me their insights, their concerns, and their hopes and their love for Romania." More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION ATTENDS U.S./BALTIC CHARTER OF PARTNERSHIP SIGNING AT THE WHITE HOUSE

    January 19, 1998

    (Washington, D.C.) "We recall the August day in 1989 when hundreds of thousands of people linked hands from Tallinn to Riga to Vilnius, forming a human chain as strong as the values for which it stood. Today that Baltic chain extends across the Atlantic Ocean. America's hands and hearts and hopes are joined as one with yours," said President Clinton during the signing ceremony of the Charter of Partnership among the United States and the Baltic countries. The emotional ceremony took place in the East Room of the White House on January 16, 1998. President Clinton closed his remarks by stating that "working together we can build a new Europe of democracy, prosperity and peace, where security is the province of every nation." More...
  • HUNGARIAN AMERICAN COALITION PARTICIPATES IN MEETING WITH DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT

    January 9, 1997

    (Washington, January 6, 1998). "We strongly believe that the Administration should go beyond the formula which says that the doors to NATO remain open to all," noted a letter submitted to Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott during a meeting with the representatives of the Central and East European Coalition ("CEEC") today. "The time has come, we feel, to make it clear that the second round of enlargement will follow," added the letter. More...


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