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Territorial autonomy: UDMR’s Kelemen Hunor says he has not discussed with President Iohannis on the issue , but no “taboo subjects” exist

Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) leader Kelemen Hunor said, on Friday, in Sfantu Gheorghe, that he has not discussed until now with President Iohannis of territorial autonomy, only on the relation between majority and minority, but that “there are no taboo subjects” in relations with a President.

Kelemen Hunor mentioned that he does not want to comment on the statement made in Berlin by President Klaus Iohannis regarding the Hungarian community in Romania, but he can say that the Hungarian community still has many problems that it wishes to solve through “dialogue and parliamentary means”.

“I do not comment upon the statements of the President, but we are truly dialogue partners, we have met a few times since he is at Cotroceni Palace and we will continue to meet regularly, we have agreed upon it. There are multitude of issues, but I do not want to enter into an analysis of the President’s statements. The Hungarian community has many, many problems, [and] these problems need to be solved by dialogue and parliamentary means (…) I believe that with any President anything can be discussed, there are no taboo subjects and I suspect that in a democratic country we shouldn’t even say that there are taboo subjects. (…) With Mr. President I spoke on many, many subjects, but not on autonomy. We have discussed on the problems regarding the relation between the majority and ethnic minorities, I even proposed a political agreement between parliamentary political forces, I said that such a possibility must be thought out, analysed, and in this context we are discussing with the President these problems”, said Kelemen quoted by Agerpres.

He emphasized that, as former head of the German Democratic Forum, Iohannis has supported the draft of the National Minorities’ Law, that contains the chapter regarding cultural autonomy. “So, here we are speaking of institutional guarantees for maintaining the ethnic identity of each minority, and also for the most numerous minority in Romania, the Hungarian minority”, said the UDMR leader.

President Klaus Iohannis stated on Thursday, in a press conference held in Berlin together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that in Romania “there is no problem for Hungarians” and that the Hungarian minority has political representatives with which he meets often to discuss matters pertaining to political and social life.

 

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