Budapest, June 2 (MTI) – Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Tuesday said there is only one solution acceptable from a humane aspect in the case of a Hungarian mother seeking divorce but stuck in the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora with her son: the French authorities should allow the child to return to Hungary as soon as possible.
The case concerns Patricia Nyiri-Kovacs, whose family reported in November 2012 that the woman and her four-year-old son had been held captive by her husband, a French national, from whom she was seeking divorce. The husband had allegedly taken away their passports and used the documents against the woman’s will to register them as residents of French Polynesia.
Szijjarto told a press conference that the French husband had presented fake documents to the French authorities which banned the child from leaving Bora Bora.
The minister said he had consulted with his French counterpart on the case in March asking for the French government’s help in the child’s return to Hungary. Laurent Fabius promised Szijjarto that the French side would outline the possible solutions on June 22.
Ivan Nyiri, Nyiri-Kovacs’s father, was received by the charge d’affaires of the French embassy in Budapest later on Tuesday. At the meeting, Nyiri handed over a letter addressed to the President of France, the embassy told MTI.
In its statement, the French embassy called on “participants in a private dispute” to resolve the issue through a dialogue, observing legal regulations.
According to the document, the embassy “firmly rejects any claims in connection with the French judiciary”. The judicial system of France is independent, and its decisions are legally binding and cannot be contested, the statement added.
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