A major row has built up between Rumania and its communist neighbours as thousand of East European tourists have been left stranded following a Rumanian decision to sell petrol for 'hard' currency only.
A major row has built up between Rumania and its communist neighbours as thousand of East European tourists have been left stranded following a Rumanian decision to sell petrol for 'hard' currency only. The new Rumanian restrictions have now been relaxed until August the tenth to give East European travellers a chance to get home but the rest of the Eastern bloc is still furious at what it considers to be a serious violation of their communal agreements.
SYNOPSIS: Long queues of cars soon built up at Hungary's main border point with Rumania following the introduction of the new Rumanian regulation last Wednesday (1 August).Rumanian officials barred motorists from entering the country unless they had enough dollars or other 'hard' cash to pay for petrol. By midday on Wednesday more than one thousand cars had been turned back. Hungarian officials have set up special camp sites and distributed food and drink to many stranded holidaymakers. They are also allowing East Europeans whose holidays have been cut short by the Rumanian restrictions to spend a few days in Hungary. But feeling against Rumania is running high. Hungary has already struck back by demanding that Rumanian truck drivers buy at least thirty pounds (66 dollars) worth of petrol in hard currency on entering the country and other members of the Eastern bloc are also expected to take retaliatory measures.