November 15, 1988
A new group has been formed in Hungary to press for multi-party elections with non-Communist candidates and to demand that Budapest renegotiate its ties with the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, official media reported. The Federation of Free Democrats also called for the withdrawal of the estimated 65,000 Soviet troops in Hungary. The group was launched in Budapest at a meeting of independent political, ecological, religious and youth organizations, a participant said.
March 21, 1989 |
Tivador Partai, the president of the revived Smallholders Party in Hungary, is 80 years old. His study in the old house in the Buda hills where he has lived most of his life is lined with books and mementos, portraits of long-dead heroes and framed photos of political allies, snapshots taken back when their hair was thick and their hopes were high. "I am old and sick now," he said recently in an interview, the tone in his deep voice one not of self-pity but of straightforward reality.
January 9, 1990 |
The Red Army will pull out an airborne regiment, two tank battalions and 6,000 troops from Hungary this year, Col. Gen. Grigory Krivosheyev, Soviet deputy chief of staff, said Monday.
July 9, 1988 |
A senior State Department official said Friday the United States has received "increasing indications" that the Soviet Union may unilaterally pull some or all of its 65,000 troops out of Hungary, where they have been stationed since they crushed a revolt in 1956. A Soviet troop cut announcement, rumored for more than a year, could come next week at a summit meeting in Warsaw of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev and leaders of the Warsaw Pact nations. Gennady I.
May 16, 1990 |
Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia's bids for independence "cannot be stopped," new Hungarian President Arpad Goncz said Tuesday. At a press conference here after meeting U.S. Jewish leaders, Goncz also said that Hungary's newly formed non-Communist government will want out of the Warsaw Pact, but it will have to find a way that will satisfy all parties, including the Soviet Union.
December 9, 1988 |
The Eastern European response Thursday to Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's plan for troop reductions in Warsaw Pact nations ranged from a cautious expression of "understanding" in Czechoslovakia to enthusiasm in Hungary. Gorbachev announced Wednesday that, as part of an overall Soviet armed forces reduction of 500,000 troops in the next two years, 50,000 troops and 5,000 tanks will be withdrawn from Eastern Europe.