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Hungary expects Ukraine to guarantee Hungarian minority rights

Hungary expects Ukraine to guarantee Hungarian minority rights

Kiev, April 11 (MTI) – Hungary has provided substantial help to Ukraine and expects its eastern neighbour to guarantee the rights of ethnic Hungarians living on its territory, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Kiev on Tuesday.

Accompanied by his Czech and Slovak counterparts Lubomir Zaoralek and Miroslav Lajcak, Szijjártó held talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on support by the three Visegrad countries.

Hungary has spent billions of forints on supporting Ukraine and, within that, the Transcarpathian region inhabited by many ethnic Hungarians. In return, it expects the Ukrainian government to “stop hassling the Hungarian minority organisations and halt all initiatives curbing minority rights”, he said.

The three Visegrad countries reiterated their support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and insisted that the Minsk agreement should be observed and implemented by all sides concerned so as to resolve the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Source: MTI

2 Comments

  1. World Commenter

    How about Hungary stopping the harassment of Ukrainians in Hungary and for consent “claims” by Hungary on Ukrainian territorial integrity? Hungary and Romania were very quick to attack and claim Ukrainian territory during WW II and Hungary still feels that what was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire should now belong to Hungary. The time of empires is over and nationalities deserve and demand their own countries to live in.

  2. VEDO

    @World Commenter,
    There is no-way that you are speaking for Ukrainians in Hungary, nor could you be Ukrainian. True, Hungary lost over 70% of it’s terrritory and people through Trianon, which was a cheap shot according to the British, American, German, and Russian leaders of the day. The harassment lies today. So if after a hundred years, some neighboring states want to harass and hurt ethnics or even dual nationals, look no further and it will end in a civil war. Hungary’s lands were claimed 1200 years ago and the people have been around significantly longer. Not many people can say that in Europe. Your statement saying ” The time of empires is over and nationalities deserve and demand their own countries to live in.”, suck it up and follow what you preach!
    By the way, I am a foreign born Hungarian National and my wife is Ukrainian, we live in the same house on the same territory, so can you!

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