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DATE=5/27/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=HUNGARY - NATO PARLIAMENT (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-262887 BYLINE=STEFAN BOS DATELINE=BUDAPEST INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The NATO Parliamentary Assembly is meeting in Hungary for the first time since the country became a member of the alliance last year. But as Stefan Bos reports from Budapest, the first day of the four-day session was overshadowed by divisions among American and European delegates about U-S plans to build a missile defense system. TEXT: European and American NATO parliamentarians are meeting to discuss the future of the alliance in the post-cold war world. But shortly after the meetings started, it emerged that the United States and its European allies are at odds on how to approach new challenges in Europe and other hot spots a decade after the collapse of communism. European NATO member nations accused the United States of working on its own to develop a system known as the National Missile Defense system, or N-M-D. A Christian Democratic Party member of the German parliament, Karl Lamers, presented a critical report on the issue for NATO's Subcommittee on Transatlantic Relations. Mr. Lamers told V-O-A News that Europe fears America's missile defense system may lead to a new arms race with China and Russia. /// Lamers Act /// We have to cooperate with Russia and with China. They have problems with this systems. And I think it is necessary -- and I said it in my report -- that before the United States makes such as decision for national missile defense, they should try to make a cooperation with Russia and perhaps to come to a consensus with Russia. /// End Act /// U-S delegates attending the NATO meeting countered that the missile defense system is not yet fully operational and that a final decision on deployment is yet to be made. The head of the U-S House of Representatives delegation, Republican Congressman Douglas Bereuter (of Nebraska), stressed that America has the right to defend itself against what he called "rogue states" such as North Korea. Mr. Bereuter also argued that the United States would be a better NATO partner when it deploys the missile system. /// Bereuter Act /// It could convincingly be argued that the U-S would be more likely to shoulder the risk of defending its allies if the U-S territory were relatively more secure from ballistic missile threats. /// End Act /// But this drew a strong reaction from members of the European Parliament. One of its representatives, Nelly Maes of the Green Party, argued that the American missile defense system would create havoc in Europe and around the world. /// Maes Act /// What kind of security do you promise to us, the citizens. We are thinking that security can only be common security. I hope that the United States will be very careful again in ... terms of confrontation. /// End Act /// /// REST OPT /// U-S officials agreed that the latest diplomatic difficulties about European security may come at a bad time for Hungary, which is the only NATO country bordering Yugoslavia. Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi told V-O-A that Hungary is concerned about the military policies of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and his crackdown on domestic political dissent. Mr. Martonyi urged Russia to back away from close ties with Serbia. /// Martonyi Act /// I do hope that Russia will play a more positive role in this area as part of the cooperation between NATO and Russia. /// End Act /// The NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting will end on Tuesday when the general-secretary of the alliance, George Robertson, addresses the gathering. (SIGNED NEB/SB/JP 27-May-2000 15:48 PM EDT (27-May-2000 1948 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .