Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Thursday talked to Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and briefed her on the situation regarding Hungarian communities in Ukraine.
During the phone call, Szijjártó told Pejcinovic Buric that the Hungarian government found it “unacceptable and outrageous” that the Ukrainian secret services had “taken intimidating action” against Hungarian communities in Transcarpathia, in south-western Ukraine.
“I asked the Secretary General to use all means at the Council’s disposal to get the Ukrainian authorities to stop their attacks against Hungarian communities and to respect and implement the Venice Commission’s recommendations,” Szijjártó said in a Facebook post.
PMO Head: Negative trend started in Ukraine years ago
In reply to a question on the situation of Transcarpathian Hungarians, PMO Head Gergely Gulyás said at his regular weekly press briefing that a negative trend started in Ukraine with the language law 2-3 years ago, followed by “lawsuits based on trumped-up charges against ethnic Hungarian political leaders” and aggressive actions against their organisations.
He said that if good neighbourly relations and Euro-Atlantic integration were important to Ukraine, then it must take resolute action against these trends. Unless ethnic Hungarians living there are treated as citizens with full rights, Hungary, Gulyás added, would not approve any of their accession plans.
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