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Sep 11, 2017

Hungary's foreign minister summons ambassador of Ukraine over country's “shameful and disgraceful” education law amendment impacting minorities

Hungary's foreign minister has summoned the ambassador of Ukraine to outline Hungary’s objections to the country's “shameful and disgraceful” education law amendment impacting minorities.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has issued a directive under which Hungarian diplomats would not support any initiative by Ukraine in international organizations or decisions benefitting that country.

According to MTI, the statement also says that Hungary will raise the subject at UN, OSCE and EU forums during the meeting.

The statement noted that the Ukrainian legislation curbs minorities’ rights to use their mother tongue in education. It added that the foreign ministry’s measures have also been prompted by an “unacceptable response” given by the Ukrainian foreign minister at Hungary’s inquiry at a recent informal meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Tallinn.

Opposition parties took part in a protest in central Budapest on Sunday to demonstrate against the new Ukrainian law amendment, which restricts the access of ethnic minorities in that country to education in their native tongue.