September 3, 1992 |
Former Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubcek underwent spinal surgery for injuries he suffered in a car accident, and his driver was charged in the crash. Milan Rocen, the chief surgeon at Prague's Na Homolce hospital, said doctors operated to repair fractured lower vertebrae and to ease pressure on the spinal cord after Dubcek regained consciousness. Rocen said Dubcek, 70, was awake after the operation but that his condition remained serious.
August 27, 1992 |
The leaders of the Czech and Slovak republics agreed late Wednesday to dissolve the Czechoslovak federation on Jan. 1. The announcement was made after eight hours of talks between Czech Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus and his Slovak counterpart, Vladimir Meciar, in the south-central city of Brno. "On January 1, there will be two republics, two states," said Meciar. "I am sure we shall be able to form better relations with Slovakia than we have now," said Klaus.
August 3, 1992
Mike Evans of Ontario scored two goals and seven other players in an all-California lineup scored one apiece for the U.S. water polo team during a 9-3 rout of Czechoslovakia in preliminary-round play. Other goal scorers for the U.S. were Doug Kimbell of Orange, Charlie Harris of Indian Wells, Chris Humbert of Lodi, Terry Schroeder of Agoura Hills, Craig Klass of Danville, Erich Fischer of Reedley and Alex Rousseau of Santa Monica.
July 24, 1992 |
The leaders of Czechoslovakia's two deeply divided parts said Thursday they have agreed on how to split the country peacefully. Czech Premier Vaclav Klaus and his Slovak counterpart, Vladimir Meciar, said they will ask Parliament to pass a law to wind up the Czechoslovak federation. "We'd like the Federal Assembly to pass the law by September 30," Klaus, sitting alongside Meciar, told a news conference in the Slovak capital, Bratislava.
July 21, 1992 |
Vaclav Havel, the playwright who led the "Velvet Revolution" against communism, stepped down as president after failing to halt Czechoslovakia's disintegration. The resignation left the country without a president as its Czech and Slovak regions moved toward a formal dissolution of the 74-year-old nation. Unlike in Yugoslavia and parts of the former Soviet Union, a peaceful split appears certain. Havel was an increasingly lonely voice against ending the union of Czechs and Slovaks.
July 18, 1992 |
President Vaclav Havel said Friday that he is resigning, ending his struggle to spare Czechoslovakia from the post-Communist nationalism that is now dividing much of Eastern Europe. Havel, an eloquent dissident playwright who led the "Velvet Revolution" that peacefully ended Communist rule here in 1989, was blocked by Slovaks earlier this month when he sought reelection in Parliament.
June 22, 1992 |
President Vaclav Havel insisted that Czechoslovakia's future should be decided by a referendum--not by an agreement between Czech and Slovak leaders that could split the country without a popular vote. A referendum "is so far the only constitutional way of making such a change," he said. Czech leader Vaclav Klaus said a referendum has not been ruled out.
June 20, 1992 |
Czech and Slovak leaders agreed early today to split Czechoslovakia into two nations, ending their 74-year-old federation. Czech leader Vaclav Klaus and Vladimir Meciar, the most powerful man in the Slovak lands, said their regional parliaments would make the final arrangements for the country's future--leaving the slightest possibility that Czechoslovakia might survive. But both sides made clear that three years after the "velvet revolution," the "velvet divorce" is inevitable.