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Wednesday, May 19, 1999 Published at 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK

World: Europe

Robertson says stakes high for Hungary

The British Defence Secretary, George Robertson -- on a visit to Budapest -- has said that for Hungary, the stakes in the Yugoslav conflict are high.

About three-hundred-thousand ethnic Hungarians live in the Serbian province of Vojvodina, and Mr Robertson said it was not scaremongering to say that Vojvodina would be next in President Milosevic's drive for ethnic purity.

Hungary joined NATO only two weeks before the start of the bombing campaign.

Mr Robertson -- the first NATO defence minister to visit Budapest since then -- ruled out the possibility of NATO ground troops being based in Hungary.

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