Budapest, September 22 (MTI) – Presidents Janos Ader of Hungary and Andrej Kiska of Slovakia highlighted the importance of environmental protection and nature conservation in the famous Baradla Cave of Aggtelek, in northern Hungary, on Tuesday.
The two presidents met on the occasion of a conference marking the 30th anniversary of the national park and the 20th anniversary of the inclusion of the Aggtelek-Domica karst region in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Ader praised efforts over the past 20 years to prevent “arrogant, sometimes profit-oriented and ideologically motivated interventions”. As a result 99 percent of the cave system is still intact, he said.
Kiska emphasised that the karst region is a common heritage of the two countries, and praised the efforts by the local staff to preserve this unique gem of nature for generations to come.
The two presidents inaugurated a memorial column before visiting the Slovak section of the cave in Domica.
The Baradla-Domica Cave complex is 21km long, with approximately three quarters of that located in Hungary and the rest in Slovakia.