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ACTION ALERT UPDATE - H.RES 191, May 24th, 2005
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The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution on May 23, urging the “Government of Romania to recognize its responsibilities to provide equitable, prompt and fair restitution to all religious communities for property confiscated by the former Communist government. . . .”
H. Res, 191, expressing the position of the House, was introduced by Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) and cosponsored by Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO), reported Frank Koszorus, Jr. The measure, which addresses the thousands of properties confiscated from the Roman Catholic, Hungarian Reformed, Evangelical Lutheran, Unitarian, Jewish and Greek Catholic communities, had 20 cosponsors.
Congressional expressions of disappointment with Romania’s exceedingly slow progress in restoring such properties goes back several years. In 2002, Congressman Lantos, Congressman Tancredo and former Congressman Robert T. Matsui (D-CA) issued statements in connection with the Transatlantic Security and NATO Enhancement Resolution of 2002 in which they called on Romania and Slovakia to pursue the prompt restitution of properties to Hungarian and other minority religious groups. Last year, Congressman Tancredo introduced H. Res. 632, which was similar to the resolution passed yesterday.
“We applaud Congressmen Lantos’ and Tancredo’s initiatives and perseverance regarding an unacceptable situation confronting religious minorities in Romania 15 years after the fall of Communism and one year after that country joined NATO, and hope that H. Res. 191 will at long last help move Romania to live up to its obligations and stated commitment to Western values,” noted the American Hungarian Federation, which supported the measure. “The many individuals and the several organizations which monitored the lack of progress on restitution and spoke up in favor of both congressional resolutions will be closely monitoring the situation on the ground, as can be hoped the Congress will also,” the Federation added.
The Federation expresses its appreciation to all those individuals who participated in this successful effort.
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