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Protection of National Minorities through Bilateral Agreements

Protection of National Minorities through Bilateral Agreements In the course of the last year quite a number of countries in Southeastern Europe and espe- cially in the western Balkans started negotiations on bilateral agreements on mutual minori- ties. The trend is going in the direction whereby countries conclude agreements dealing with the issue of minority protection only, rather than bilateral treaties on good neighbourliness, which include some provisions on their mutual minorities. On 4 November 2002 Romania concluded an agreement on cooperation in the field of protection of national minorities with the (then)1 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).2 On 27 December 2002 a similar agreement was initialled by the Yugoslav Minister for Minority Issues and the Hungarian State Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office.' In the first part of this article these two agreements are analyzed. The second part aims to give an overview of currently ongoing negotiations which might lead to the conclusion of new agreements on minorities. I. CONCLUDED AGREEMENTS fl. ZheAgreement between the Federal Republic ofYugoslavia and Romania Three rounds of negotiations were sufficient to negotiate the agreement between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Romania (hereinafter 'the Yugoslav-Romanian agree- ment').' Signing this agreement was an important step for FRY as it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/221161103X00274
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Abstract

In the course of the last year quite a number of countries in Southeastern Europe and espe- cially in the western Balkans started negotiations on bilateral agreements on mutual minori- ties. The trend is going in the direction whereby countries conclude agreements dealing with the issue of minority protection only, rather than bilateral treaties on good neighbourliness, which include some provisions on their mutual minorities. On 4 November 2002 Romania concluded an agreement on cooperation in the field of protection of national minorities with the (then)1 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).2 On 27 December 2002 a similar agreement was initialled by the Yugoslav Minister for Minority Issues and the Hungarian State Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office.' In the first part of this article these two agreements are analyzed. The second part aims to give an overview of currently ongoing negotiations which might lead to the conclusion of new agreements on minorities. I. CONCLUDED AGREEMENTS fl. ZheAgreement between the Federal Republic ofYugoslavia and Romania Three rounds of negotiations were sufficient to negotiate the agreement between the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Romania (hereinafter 'the Yugoslav-Romanian agree- ment').' Signing this agreement was an important step for FRY as it

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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