Full Citation

  • Title Hungarian Leaders Visit Bonn to Discuss Border Dilemma
  • Author McCartney, Robert J.
  • Publication Title International Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Collection International Herald Tribune (European Edition)
  • Date Saturday-Sunday,  August 26-27, 1989
  • Issue Number 33127
  • Page Number [1]
  • Place of Publication Paris, France
  • Language English
  • Document Type Article
  • Publication Section News
  • Source Library The New York Times Company
Hungarian Leaders Visit Bonn to Discuss Border Dilemma By Robert J. McCartney Washington Post Service _jn a surprjse twjst jjj the drama over the hundreds of East Germans fleeing via Hungary to the West, the Hungarian prime minister, Miklos Nemeth, and the Friday for talks on the situation. The trip was made public only after the discussions were complet- ed and the Hungarian leaders had returned to Budapest. The Bonn government maintained secrecy over the content of the talks. But a West German official hint- ed that Budapest would be taking new actions m the next few days regarding the thousands of East West Germany via Austria. Hundreds have been crossing the Hungarian-Austrian border each week, taking advantage of Hunga- ry’s removal in May of barbed wire and alarm systems along stretches of the frontier. “You must wait and see what’s gomg on in Budapest m the near future,” the Bonn source said when asked about the results of the talks, Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher a day after Bonn and Budapest arranged the evacuation to West Germany of 108 East Ger- mans who had occupied Bonn’s embassy in Budapest and demand- ed the right to emigrate. About 800 other East Germans are living in tents and other shelters in Budapest and seeking permis- sion to go to West Germany. The 200,000 East Germans who are on vacation in Hungary may plan to try to cross into Austria. The West German Foreign Min- istry issued a statement saying that Hungary “repeated its view that these are questions that must be resolved pnmanly between” East 111(1 tne (state' ment aaa5a that tne Budapest gov- e™ment is prepared to guarantee The East German exodus has created a dilemma for Hungary s change-minded government. It began tearing down its part of the “Iron Curtain” amid much publicity in May, in hope of win¬ ning favor in the West. But the outflow of East Germans, who nor¬ mally can easily get a visa to travel to Hungary, has created tensions between Budapest and its Warsaw Pact ally in East Berlin. The Hungarian news agency MTI reported that patrols along the Austrian border had been strengthened to try to stem the flow of East Germans.