Romania Finds the Idea of Year of National Cohesion “Unfounded”
Péter Cseresnyés 2019.06.24.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledges, but claims it to be “unfounded” that the Hungarian Parliament declared 2020 a Year of National Cohesion to mark the 100th anniversary of the Trianon Peace Treaty.
In its statement, the Romanian Foreign Ministry deems any attempt to “rewrite history and express revisionist positions” unacceptable, as they are in contradiction with 21st century European reality. According to the Romanian government, the peace treaty, which has among other things, set the border between Romania and Hungary, is not a problem to be solved, nor a tragedy, as the Hungarian proposal indicates.
The Romanian party does not dispute Hungary’s right to commemorate the important moments of its history, but it cannot accept querying the peace treaties that have established the Europe which exists today.
Romania is deeply committed to respecting the rights of national minorities and is striving to protect their linguistic, religious, cultural, and ethnic identity by all means and to strengthen inter-ethnic dialogue. The statement claims that over the past decades, Romania has established an advanced “model” system to protect the rights of national minorities in its territory.
The reaction from the Romanian Foreign Ministry comes after the Hungarian Parliament approved a proposal to declare 2020 a Year of National Cohesion to mark the 100th anniversary of the post-WWI Trianon Peace Treaty.
Under the proposal, commemorations and programs will be organized in Hungary, in the Carpathian Basin, and many other places in the world with the aim to strengthen the cohesion and identity of Hungarian communities.