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October 27, 2021
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FM Marga: MAE is preparing a referendum explanation assault on EU countries

Foreign Minister Andrei Marga yesterday said that the Foreign Ministry (MAE) is preparing “an assault” of explanations on the capitals of European Union (EU) countries over the “democratic reconfiguring of the political scene” in Romania, as well clarification on the legal circumstances under which Sunday’s referendum was held.“There are documents, if you want, from legislation excerpts, its entire development since 2010 and until now, including Parliament’s and Government’s July regulations. An actual account is being prepared of everything that has happened and, obviously, from tomorrow on, the minister, state secretaries, general directors will hold relevant talks in various capitals. Actually, they already began as telephone conversations as early as last week,” Marga told a press conference, who added that such explanations had been given in the capitals of European countries before the referendum as well, and not only by MAE, but by other Romanian government institutions as well, Mediafax informs.On another topic, the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it noted “with unpleasant surprise” Hungarian PM Viktor Orban’s statements, while at the Tusnad Spas, Saturday, over Sunday’s referendum, and expressed its disapproval of this “meddling with the internal politics in this country”.MAE Spokesman Ovidiu Dranga said that Orban’s visit to Romania made the object of customary diplomatic channel correspondence between Hungary’s Embassy in Bucharest and the MAE, which specified Premier Viktor Orban’s attendance of summer school activities.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, outlining the importance of the good neighborliness and cooperation relations between Romania and Hungary, conveyed to the Hungarian side messages aimed at public statements being avoided that could impinge on the relations between the two countries and at taking into consideration the  internal context in  Romania. As it was also the case with previous visits by Magyar officials in Transylvania, MAE insisted on the existing diplomatic cooperation mechanisms and channels being used for conveying messages with a view to the relations between the countries,” the MAE spokesman also said.Hungary’s Prime Minister Orban Viktor, while at the “Tusvanyos” Summer University at the Tusnad Spas, Saturday, referring to the referendum the next day, said he was wishing the “Romanians and the Magyars in Romania to bring good decisions, namely not take any decision, which tomorrow <Sunday> is a possibility”. The referendum turnout in the counties where Magyars make the majority of the population as the lowest nationwide: Harghita – 11.56%, Covasna – 20.6% and Mures – 33.96%.Separately, Hungarian State Secretary Zsolt Nemeth on Tuesday said that the ethnic Magyars boycotting Sunday’s referendum in Romania was somehow tied to some recent political directions in that country and with “events suggesting a policy of intimidation”.

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