The mission of Hungarian communities is to “get over” the trauma of the Trianon Peace Treaty through developing the homeland and strengthening the nation, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén told a commemoration in Csurgó, in south-western Hungary, on Wednesday.
Speaking on the eve of the centenary of the treaty, which concluded the first world war, Semjén said that “we are building a strong Hungary with a strong national identity”, adding that “the Hungarian state is not only an administrative service provider but the political self-expression of the Hungarian nation, its ultimate meaning, aimed at ensuring the nation’s survival and development”.
Concerning the Trianon treaty, under which two-thirds of Hungary’s territory was ceded to neighbouring countries, Semjén said that reclaiming those territories on basis of Hungary’s “thousand-year-old” history would be “unrealistic”, but added that “expecting a solution from the European Union would be naive, and putting up with Trianon because of the changed ethnic proportions would be betrayal”.
“Remembering Trianon is a moral obligation, it is mourning, a declaration of national cohesion and it is the pride of our survival, as well as our mission to come to terms with it,” Semjén said in his address.
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Semjén said that 100 years ago, when the treaty was signed, the churchbells were rung in Hungary “to cry out the agony of a nation”.
“A decision was made on Hungary without asking Hungary; they ceded two-thirds of its territory, and a half of its people to other, adversarial nations,” Semjén said.
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