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Aurescu urges Hungary to observe European legislation in the case of former MP Marko Attila

Romania’s Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Thursday said he called on Hungary’s Foreign Ministry to forward to the relevant authorities of Hungary Romania’s call on Hungary to observe the European legislation in the case of fugitive former MP Marko Attila.

“Because a European arrest warrant was issued yesterday on the name of Mr Marko Attila, I asked my colleagues in the Hungarian Foreign Ministry to forward to the relevant authorities of Hungary our invitation to Hungary to observe the European legislation in this field so that the procedure may be completed,” Aurescu told a joint news conference in Budapest with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto, according to Agerpres.

The Romanian chief diplomat pointed out that the foreign ministries do not have jurisdiction over the enforcement of arrest warrants worldwide.

“Today is the first day when the Romanian Foreign Ministry could take diplomatic action, because the warrant arrest was issued by the relevant Romanian court yesterday and submitted through specific judiciary channels,” Aurescu said in relation to the situation of MP Marko Attila.

To the statement of a Hungarian journalist alluding to possible political overtones in the case of Marko Attila, Aurescu pointed out that it is about a strictly criminal case.

“This is about nothing more than a criminal case that has no overtones, political or of any other nature,” said Aurescu.

The Romanian Police has issued an all-point bulletin on Marko Attila Gabor and the Romanian General Police Inspectorate posted the name and picture of the former MP on the most wanted section of its website, after Romania’s High Court of Justice and Cassation on April 29 decided that he should be placed under a 30-day preventive detention in absentia in connection with fraudulent property restitutions.

 

It’s important to have an efficient relationship, to leave emotional approaches aside

 

The Foreign Affairs minister, Bogdan Aurescu on Thursday said, at a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto that it is important for the two states to have a ‘pragmatic, stable and efficient’ bilateral relationship and leave aside ‘any kind of emotional approach.’

Aurescu showed confident that Romania and Hungary could work together ‘in a sincere atmosphere’ in order to solve all the matters that are still on hold on the two states’ bilateral agenda.

In this respect, the Romanian chief diplomat declared himself encouraged by the ‘very good’ economic relation between Bucharest and Budapest.

‘It is a duty, not only to one another, but also to our countries on grounds of the strategic partnership to consolidate the bilateral relations,’ the Romanian dignitary added.

In his turn, the Hungarian Foreign Affairs minister said the two countries are partners and strategic allies, and the success of one depends on the other’s success.

The Foreign Affairs minister, Bogdan Aurescu is on a working visit to Budapest, at the invitation of his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, the agenda of their consultations including bilateral aspects regarding the minorities, the economic and border cooperation, and topical European issues, too.

 

Aurescu: Autonomy based on ethnic criteria is unacceptable

 

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu, on Thursday stated in Budapest that autonomy based on ethnic criteria does not comply with the Romanian Constitution and supporting it does not comply with the existing European standards, while his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, specified that the Hungarian Government has a duty to support the Hungarian communities abroad and their objectives.

The two high-ranking dignitaries’ statements were made at a press conference held at the headquarters of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Budapest.

When asked to state his position about the idea of autonomy based on ethnic criteria, the Hungarian head of diplomacy said that the Hungarian Government “has a duty and a task” in regards to the autonomy of the Hungarian communities abroad.

“Obviously, our duty is to support these communities and help them achieve their own objectives,” Szijjarto said.

In his turn, Aurescu said that this type of support for the national minorities “does not comply with the European standards.”

“As far as Romania is concerned, this type of support is unacceptable,” the Romanian Minister said, quoted by Agerpres.

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