Hungarian minister confirms charges against Romanian company

BUCHAREST, Feb 25, 2000 -- (Reuters) Hungarian Justice Minister Ibolya David told her Romanian counterpart, Valeriu Stoica, in Bucharest on February 23 that Hungary will launch court proceedings against the Aurul company "within two days." She said Hungary wants the assets of the Romanian-Australian company suspected of causing the recent cyanide spill to be seized in order to pay for the damage, Romanian and Hungarian media reported.

Also on February 23, a large U.N. team of experts arrived in Romania to open an investigation into the incident, which has cause widespread pollution in Central European rivers.

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