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Italian Minister Ensures Slovene Minority Can Get Original Names Back

Trieste, 30 April - Italian Minister for Relations with the Parliament Carlo Giovanardi on Tuesday intervened with Trieste Prefect Vincenzo Grimaldi in regard to the right of changing Italianized Slovene surnames back into their original form. According to Giovanardi, Article seven of the Slovene minority protection act allows for the changes to be carried out immediately, without the prior approval of the parity board for the implementation of the act. Some months ago all procedures to return surnames to the original Slovene form were stopped based on the fact that the parity committee has not yet been formed.

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