Hunor Kelemen, the chair of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) says the rights obtained by the ethnic Hungarians over the past 25 years are not irreversible and do not offer any guarantee.
Speaking at a festive meeting of UDMR in Miercurea Ciuc (central Romania) on Friday to mark 25 years of existence of this party, Kelemen warned that ethnic Hungarians must stay united to preserve their rights.
Drawing the line under two and a half decades of UDMR’s work, he pointed out successes such as the restoration of forest and real estate property; he also mentioned some linguistic rights and various forms of autonomy.
‘We see how major goals approved by the Council of Europe in 1993 were not reached point by point; because there was the whole range of mother tongue rights; it included the Hungarian language state university, and if we look into it, we see the objectives still ahead of us and the goals we should still fight for. And these goals were never abandoned by the Union and by Hungarians in Transylvania and in Romania; for these goals, we must work; for these goals, we must stick together,’ Kelemen declared quoted by Agerpres.
Kelemen also underscored that UDMR will face a new challenge in 2016, namely the elections, which should decide if the Union is still viable and can preserve its representation in the Parliament and in the local administration.