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Jun 06, 2018

Ukraine finally takes steps to negotiate with leaders of the Hungarian minority

Attempting to show that it is making good on previous commitments, Ukraine takes steps to talk with representatives of the Hungarian minority community to find a resolution to the dispute over a discriminatory education law

Ukraine has expressed its wish for Hungary to unblock a Ukraine-NATO Commission meeting involving the heads of state of government.

The fallout extends from the long running dispute over education and language rights in Ukraine.

Deputy Prime Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said she hopes Hungary will unblock the process.

"Today we expect the participation of representatives of the Hungarian national minority in consultations with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, as was agreed between the two foreign ministers in New York, and I hope that this dialogue will provide a potential opportunity to unblock the process, in particular, for the opening of the opportunity on Hungary's unblocking a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at a high and the highest level," the minister told Interfax-Ukraine on Tuesday.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has previously stated that Hungary wants a legal guarantee that the Ukrainian government will consult with its Hungarian minority and reach an agreement before implementing any changes to its education law.

Minister Szijjártó noted that Hungary had stated multiple times that the education law restricting public education in minority languages to kindergarten and primary-school students, severely infringed on the acquired rights of the Hungarian community.