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Battle Of Zenta 1697 – Hungarian, Serbian Presidents Commemorate Historic Triumph Over Ottoman Empire

Hungarian President János Áder marked the 320th anniversary of the battle of Zenta together with Aleksandar Vučić, his Serbian counterpart, at a ceremony in the town of Zenta in Vojvodina on Monday.

In Zenta (Vojvodina, Serbia) Hungarian President János Áder (left) has met with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić (right)  – photo: Noémi Bruzák – MTI

In his speech, Áder said “the nature of the peace we make with our neighbours and ultimately with ourselves, of what we leave behind, is of great importance.” Áder said it was important that succeeding generations do not leave behind “the inhumane acts of the 20th century” but rather “a genuine apology and the knowledge that it is worthwhile to fight together for our countries, communities and European cultures.”

Aleksandar Vučić talked about the importance of Serbia supporting its neighbouring countries, saying that “Serbs have long known that their path to Europe goes through Budapest and Vienna.” He said the battle of Senta was further proof that “together we are capable of anything, but if we are not unified, we will lose every battle.”The president said Hungarian-Serbian relations were at an “all-time high”, adding that both the Hungarian minority in Serbia and Hungary’s ethnic Serb community enjoyed broad minority rights.

On this day 320 years ago, the allied Christian forces triumphed over the Ottoman army at the town of Zenta in South Hungary (today Senta in Serbia.) At the cost of a few hundred losses, the Habsburg forces inflicted thousands of casualties on the Ottomans. As an immediate consequence, the Ottoman Empire lost control over the Bánát region, while in the long run, the Christian victory at Zenta (1697) was the last decisive step to force the Ottoman Empire into the Treaty of Karlovác (1699), ending the Turkish control of large parts of Central Europe.

via MTI; feautred photo: the battle of Zenta depicted in a devotional painting located in the St. Michael Church in Máriapócs, Hungary (Wikipedia)