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PM Ponta lashes out at Tokes’ statements about the Szekler autonomy



The prime minister says that the statements should have been criticised if Romania had a president.
The statements made by MEP Laszlo Tokes are not only insulting, but criminal and they should have been also criticised by President Traian Basescu if Romania had a president, PM Victor Ponta said.
“There are statements not only irresponsible, as I see them, but plainly criminal, made by Mr. Tokes and other gentlemen. I regret the fact that we do not have a president of Romania that does his constitutional attributions and takes position when the territorial integrity and independence of the Romanian state are under attack. Please do this yourself, as the president of the country has other things to do now! Please take an official position, inform the European institutions when MEPs or officials of another state make statements and propose things against our national and European interests. I repeat, if we had a president, this is what the president should have done, but without a president of Romania, I’m asking you to act instead of him,” Ponta told Tuesday to the minister of Foreign Affairs.
The premier once again explained that, from his point of view, the statements made by Tokes and others are not only insulting, but plainly against the criminal law. “Maybe sometimes, someone – not us, because justice is independent – but justice will see if such things can happen in a self-respecting European country,” Ponta concluded.
MEP Laszlo Tokes asked Hungarian PM Viktor Orban Saturday, at Baile Tusnad, to set in place – together with his government – a national cooperation system that will grant “protectorate” to Transylvania, “same as Austria did with South Tirol.” He added that one must select experts that will create a flag of Transylvania, because “the Szeklers have a flag” and together, with both of them, the ethnic Hungarians walk “along this path of autonomy, of the Szeklers’ autonomy.” Baile Tusnad, where the Tusvanyos Summer University is being held, represents an autonomous region of Szeklerland, he added.

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