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Oct 25, 2018

Hungary proposes minority protection pact with Ukraine

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary put forward a plan for Ukraine to sign an accord on the protection of national minorities

Hungary has proposed a minority protection pact with Ukraine, it has been announced.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of foreign Affairs and Trade, said Hungary put forward a plan for Ukraine to sign an accord on the protection of national minorities.

“Confidence between the two countries needs to be rebuilt,” the foreign minister said on Wednesday during a visit to Warsaw, where he held talks with his Ukrainian partner Pavlo Klimkin on the sidelines of a security forum.

According to MTI, the proposal outlines that both governments would refrain from pursuing any policy that could lead to the assimilation of a national community or change the ethnic composition in any single region.

The agreement would also secure national minorities their language rights in the areas of education, religion, culture and administration.

Minister Szijjártó said Ukraine promised to study the proposal and hopefully, at the next meeting in Milan on December 7th, a bilateral discussion of the proposal will take place.