Covasna presses on with Szekler Land referendum

The head of the Covasna County Council, Tamas Sandor, said he will ask the council not to cancel the decision to organise a local referendum for the creation of Szekler County, Mediafax said. Sandor, who is also the county leader of the ruling Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania’s (UDMR) branch, said he will bring the issue up in the County Council session scheduled today. His comments came as the Covasna Prefect’s Office on Saturday officially asked the County Council to cancel the referendum because it has no legal grounds.

The referendum is scheduled to be held on March 11 next year, under a decision made by the council at the end of last month. The people of Covasna will be asked two questions in the poll: if they agree to a change in the county’s borders and if they agree to the creation of a territorial-administrative unit called Szekler Land, which would include Covasna. Tamas underlined yesterday that if the situation is not solved, “we will get to court” and in the end the Romanian political environment and institutions will accept the fact that referendums like this “is how you make decisions.”

The head of the Civic Hungarian Party (PCM) Covasna branch, Kulcsar Terza Jozsef, told Mediafax that his party would continue to support the referendum and insisted that the PCM would never vote to revoke the decision. Meanwhile, the National Szekler Council (CNS) called on all Szeklers to support the integrity of the area by using all democratic means, including “civic insubordination.” CNS underlined however that any protest actions should respect “the principle of non-violence, solidarity and gradualism.”

And MEP Tokes Laszlo, one of the fiercest supporters of Szekler Land autonomy, last week demanded the European Parliament’s Minority Intergroup to take steps against the “Romanianisation of Transylvania,” according to daily ‘Romania libera.’ Tokes insisted that these attempts are mostly visible in the education system.

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