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PARLIAMENT REJECTS EASY CZECH BREAKUP WITHOUT REFERENDUM
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PARLIAMENT REJECTS EASY CZECH BREAKUP WITHOUT REFERENDUM

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Czechoslovakia's federal Parliament defeated a measure Thursday that would have permitted the Czech and Slovak republics to separate quickly without holding a referendum.

The vote was a bitter and unexpected defeat for Czech Premier Vaclav Klaus and Slovak Premier Vladimir Meciar, who agreed after winning June elections that their republics would become fully separate states in 1993.In a further challenge, Parliament ordered a commission to prepare legislation for a future ``Czecho-Slovak Union' in which the two republics would coordinate economic and defense policies.

The proposed union would have a president, legislature and governing council, although most power would rest with separate Czech and Slovak parliaments.

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