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Yesterday afternoon, a Romanian crowd broke into an Austro-Hungarian military cemetery in Transylvania, despite heavy police presence and a human chain of ethnic Hungarians protesting peacefully. In Budapest, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó summoned the Romanian ambassador, who refused to appear.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary will continue blocking NATO-Ukraine Committee meetings as long as Ukraine systematically curbs the rights of ethnic Hungarians living there
Hungary’s position on Ukraine remains clear and unwavering, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó made that plain in his statements at a press conference on Tuesday while attending the NATO meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels.
Levente Magyar said the summons was due to reports of a “death list” of Transcarpathian Hungarians in Ukraine as well as a call for the collective deportation of dual Ukrainian-Hungarian citizens on the Ukrainian Parliament’s website
With the NATO summit taking place today and tomorrow in Brussels, it’s a good time to review what’s going on today in Ukraine and the very clear reasons why Hungary is saying no to Ukraine’s further NATO integration. This has been going on for several months now, but unfortunately – apart from minor changes in policy and tone – we haven’t seen any meaningful progress.
The arson attack was condemned by the government and several political parties, including Fidesz, LMP, MSZP, Párbeszéd and Jobbik, as well as by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Hennadiy Moskal, governor of Transcarpathia
The foreign minister said that Ukraine’s ambassador to Budapest will be summoned to the Ministry, and the Hungarian consul general in Ungvár as well as the Hungarian ambassador to Kiev will be recalled immediately
“I urge you to come together and stand up for the rights of Hungarians living beyond our borders, by signing the Minority SafePack initiative in which we can protect the rights of Hungarians beyond our borders,” the prime minister said
Responding to Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose’s claim that the Szekler people will hang next to their flag, if they dare to fly it, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said that threatening an ethnic minority with execution is unacceptable
The Minority SafePack initiative, launched by the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), aims to collect at least one million signatures in seven countries before April 3rd to ensure the EU focuses on minorities throughout the bloc
The key to a peaceful Europe, as the founding fathers have realized, is that ethnic minorities of Europe are respected and their fundamental rights protected. Those who dismiss the rights of Europe’s ethnic minorities risk fueling a trend that has caused Europe some of its worst nightmares and terrible armed conflicts.
All Hungarian individuals and communities wherever they may live, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently, are part of one nation, and in an age when “national interests come first, even in the European Union,” Hungary aims to unite what is a global nation and make it stronger as a whole.
As a result of wars and the re-drawing of borders that have taken place in recent centuries, today’s borders in Europe rarely correspond to the physical location of the continent’s national groups. About one third of the 15 million-strong, ethnic Hungarian community, lives outside the borders of Hungary, mostly in the Carpathian Basin. These Hungarian communities, just as much as any other European national minorities, have the right to maintain their thousand year-old culture in the European Union.
Hungarian foreign policy will never abandon cross-border Hungarians, we will “fight until the bitter end” with regard to issues that are important to them, and will “not allow decisions that negatively affect Hungarians to be made one after the other in neighboring countries," the foreign minister said
The new Ukrainian law will mean secondary school and higher education courses will only be available in Ukrainian, while education in minority languages is restricted to kindergartens and primary schools