The Hungarian community in Transcarpathia can rely on the Hungarian government’s continued support, the foreign minister said in Beregszász (Berehove) in his address at the school-year opening of the local Hungarian college on Wednesday.
“Hungarians have become the engine of central European cooperation, which will be a source of European development in the coming period,” Péter Szijjártó said, calling the college “an important bastion” of the survival of Transcarpathia’s Hungarian community.
The minister noted that Hungarian-Slovak and Hungarian-Serbian relations have significantly improved over the recent period.
“These positive trends provide a sound basis for the future of the Carpathian Basin, of central Europe, with roads, railways and border crossings built, energy networks connected and economic development programmes launched,” he said.
Szijjártó said Ukraine is seen as a country playing a role in this successful future of the Carpathian Basin which is why Hungary “is trying to make every effort to steer Hungarian-Ukrainian relations step-by-step in the right direction”. He pledged Hungary’s support to Ukraine in the current difficult times posed by the coronavirus epidemic.
Szijjártó later met László Brenzovics, the head of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ). At a joint press conference, he asked Transcarpathian Hungarians to participate in the Ukrainian municipal election next month, saying that by staying away they would lose the opportunity “to have a say in the future of their community”.
He said that in response to KMKSZ’s request, the Hungarian government will send half a million face masks, disinfectants and other medical supplies to Transcarpathia Hungarians.
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