Human Resources Minister Zoltán Balog became party to a joint declaration initiated by the Latvian presidency of the European Union and the French culture minister on the occasion of a commemoration of the victims of the terror attack on the journalists of the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo. The Human Resources Ministry said the joint declaration notes that artistic freedom and the freedom to express one’s opinion is a fundamental European value.
“The members of the European Union continue to hold that these values must be protected in future, too,” the statement said. The culture ministers of 27 member states condemned acts of barbarism “that undermine our most important values and principles with violence”. Balog expressed his condolences to the French ambassador to Hungary on the telephone following the massacre on January 7 and ensured his support.
Meanwhile FIDESZ group leader Antal Rogán has called five-party coordination talks on counter-terrorism for Wednesday. The shocking and brutal attacks in France of the past few days call for a national consensus on counter-terrorism in Hungary, Rogán said in a statement. Opposition Socialist (MSZP) leader József Tóbiás will attend coordination talks on counter-terrorism measures initiated by the ruling FIDESZ party, the party’s spokeswoman said earlier. Bernadett Budai said the situation in Hungary is completely different from the one in France but the safety of the Hungarian people is extremely important, which is why the Socialists will attend the talks.
LMP will also attend the five-party talks. Globalisation based on free trade keeps re-creating terrorism, among other things; solutions by police are only to put out the fire, but a real solution lies in eradicating global imbalances, co-leader of the green party András Schiffer said. Radical nationalist JOBBIK leader Gábor Vona had earlier proposed to immediately set up a coordination forum on counter-terrorism.
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