Cooperation between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the ethnic Hungarian RMDSZ party’s leader Hunor Kelemen is based on full trust but the alliance between RMDSZ and Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party resulted from the will of Transylvania’s ethnic Hungarian voters rather than from an accord between the two politicians, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén said on Friday.
It was the Transylvanian Hungarians who voted with an overwhelming majority for RMDSZ, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, in the Romanian elections, and for Fidesz in the Hungarian elections, Semjén told an RMDSZ congress in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca).
“Nothing that weakens RMDSZ is acceptable”, he said, adding that a weaker RMDSZ would no longer be able to represent ethnic Hungarians efficiently in the Transylvanian municipalities and the Bucharest parliament.
RMDSZ party leader Hunor Kelemen. Photo by István Biró/MTI
Turning to Romanian politicians attending the congress, Semjén said that neither RMDSZ, nor Hungary had ever demanded minority rights for which there are no precedents in the European Union.
“If we accepted that some rights are due to others but not to ethnic Hungarians in Transylvania, we would accept that we are inferior to other nations. What is due to others is due to us, too. We ask you to understand that what we ask for is not extremity but normality,” he said.
From left to right: Béla Markó, former president of RMDSZ; former Romanian PM and President of Liberal Reformist Party Calin Popescu Tariceanu, Hungarian Deputy PM Zsolt Semjén and Hunor Kelemen.
Semjén said that ethnic Romanians in Hungary can sing Romania’s national anthem and hoist the Romanian flag on their buildings whenever they please. Hungarians in Transylvania also ask for the right to freely use their national symbols, he said.
The deputy prime minister said that Hungary had settled its relations with Serbia, developed excellent cooperation with Slovakia and is ready to cooperate with Romania, too. Lack of cooperation is not something Hungary is to be blamed for, he said.
On the featured photo: Deputy PM Zsolt Semjén. Photo by István Biró/MTI