No form of autonomy is in violation of the Romanian constitution or European or international laws, Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi said on Wednesday, in response to criticism of the Szekler march in which Hungarians in Transylvania pressed for autonomy over the weekend.
In an interview to public Kossuth radio, quoted by www.politics.hu , Martonyi said the fact that the Romanian constitution states Romania is a national state does not rule out the possibility of local units of self-administration forming, which would not harm the unity of the state. “Nobody is talking about a separate enclave in the middle of Romania,” he said. The Hungarian government continues to support the endeavors of Hungarian communities beyond its borders, Martonyi concluded.
On Monday, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta said he would address the Hungarian minority’s call for autonomy in conformity with the country’s constitution and the European norms.