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Csíkszereda, 2018. július 7. Közös tánc az Ezer székely leány napján az erdélyi Csíkszereda fõterén 2018. július 7-én. MTI Fotó: Czeglédi Zsolt

Szeklers are not an ethnic minority but an organic part of the Hungarian nation, a researcher of the Institute for Minority Studies in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences said on Tuesday.

The institute declared its position on the matter after a private individual initiated a procedure to have Szeklers recognised as part of the nation, Balázs Dobos told current affairs channel M1.

Parliament will have the final word in a vote on amending the law on national minorities, he said.

The original initiative required a thousand supporting signatures and the position of the Institute for Minority Studies was also sought.

The institute says it established that Szeklers were a part of the nation when torn away from Hungary.

If a community is part of the Hungarian nation it cannot be a minority at the same time, Dobos said.

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