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Big Step Forward In Hungarian-Serbian Reconciliation

Tamás Székely 2014.11.03.

The Hungarian government welcomed on Sunday the introduction of a resolution in Serbia that annuls the law on ethnic Hungarians’ collective guilt in three villages in Vojvodina. Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén told in a statement that he welcomed Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s announcement of the resolution.

Vucic said paying tribute to the innocent victims executed in 1944-1945 is a symbolic step in Serb-Hungarian reconciliation and fulfils a long-existing aspiration by Hungary. Serbia passed the resolution to annul legislation that stated the collective guilt of ethnic Hungarians in the villages of Curug (Csúrog), Zabalj (Zsablya) and Mosorin (Mozsor). Vucic addressed a memorial event in Subotica (Szabadka) paying tribute to innocent victims of the 1944-1945 raids.This was the first time that Serbian leaders paid their tribute at the memorial place in the Subotica (Szabadka) cemetery. He said the Serbian people consider ethnic Hungarians as their own and they would like to see ethnic Hungarians consider the Serbian people also as their own.

Meanwhile Hungarian minister of human capacities Zoltán Balog met his Serbian counterpart, minister of labour, employment, veteran and social policy Aleksandar Vulin on Wednesday in Budapest and discussed social and employment issues. The two ministers agreed that – given the two countries’ vicinity – cooperation in social and labour issues is a priority. According to Minister Vulin, Hungary has extensive experience in the Europe-wide issue of reconciling problems of welfare versus employment. The Serbian minister praised Hungary’s public employment scheme and said it was of particular interest that it also involved the Roma.

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photo: The new 1944-45 memorial in the cemetery of Szabadka. The original was removed and stolen by unknown criminals a year ago. (source: Edvárd Molnár – MTI)