WORLD : Hungary Asks U.N. Romania Probe

From Times wire services

Hungary, in an unprecedented attack by one East Bloc state against another, today demanded that the U.N. Commission on Human Rights investigate violations of basic freedoms in neighboring Romania.

Gyula Horn, Hungarian state secretary for foreign affairs, delivered the demand at the commission's annual meeting. Horn specifically denounced the repression of the Hungarian ethnic minority in Romania and a wholesale destruction of villages to facilitate a forced industrialization program ordered by Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu. Budapest backs a Swedish proposal that the U.N. human rights body appoint someone to investigate Romania, he said.

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