Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban’s promotion of the symbols of Greater Hungary and of the Szekler Land just a day after he expressed himself in favour of “efficient” Romanian-Hungarian relations is completely unacceptable, the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) points out.
Hungarian PM Viktor Orban posts images of “Greater Hungary” and “Szekler Land” symbols
Viktor Orban, Hungary’s conservative Premier, posted on his Facebook page a series of photographs featuring symbols of the so-called “Szekler Land” and of “Greater Hungary,” after he attended the “Tusvanyos” Summer University in Baile Tusnad on Saturday.
Viktor Orban posted on his Facebook page a series of photographs taken in Baile Tusnad, where the “Tusvanyos” Summer University took place.
Among the images taken in the area he visited, there are some that feature metal and wooden badges depicting “Greater Hungary” and the so-called “Szekler Land.”
“Unfortunately, only a day after he called for pragmatism and expressed himself in favour of an efficient Romanian-Hungarian relationship, Hungarian Premier V. Orban has chosen to post on his Facebook account images that include symbols of Greater Hungary and of the Szekler Land,” a MAE reaction posted on Facebook reads.
MAE also points out that “the Hungarian Premier’s personal promotion of these revisionist symbols is completely unacceptable and runs counter to the spirit of the Treaty of Understanding, Good Cooperation and Good Neighbourliness signed by Romania and Hungary in 1996, to the Declaration on Romanian-Hungarian cooperation and strategic partnership for 21st Century Europe, signed in 2002, and to constitutional order in Romania.”
Moreover, the Romanian Foreign Ministry states that such an attitude “does not contribute at all to rendering the Romanian-Hungarian relationship efficient or to restoring a climate of understanding, like the Hungarian Premier proposed only a day before.”
“As long as the Hungarian side does not prove without a doubt that it is willing to respect the political-juridical parameters jointly defined by Romania and Hungary in the aforementioned documents, the bilateral relationship will not be able to become truly balanced and built on mutual trust. In what concerns her, Romania is open to and wants the bilateral dialogue to develop, however in strict conformity with these parameters, to the benefit of the citizens of the two countries, as members of the EU and NATO allies,” the MAE concludes.
Orban: Common sense suggests that we should return to an efficient Romanian – Hungarian relation
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared on Saturday that the Romanian – Hungarian relation has deteriorated starting in 2012 and that the Hungarian state has “never in its history” been the target of such insults from behalf of Romanian politicians; nonetheless, he pointed out that common sense suggested that both states should rebuild an “efficient” relation.
On Saturday, Viktor Orban declared at the Tusvanyos Summer University at Tusnad resort that, before 2012, the relation between Romania and Hungary was based on “pragmatic and trustworthy principles” and that nobody understood the reason of this change”, the MEDIAFAX correspondent reported.
“Until 2012 and even in 2012, as well, I think that Romania’s relation to Hungary was based on excellent principles, pragmatic and trustworthy. Unfortunately, the situation changed in 2012. I do not remember politicians having thrown such insults at Hungary so frequently, ever in its history, as it occurred after 2012. We never responded adequately and we will not do such thing because we are interested in a positive and efficient relation to Romania, but the problem is that nobody can figure out what is going on. I mean, why isn’t absolutely nothing going on?”, Viktor Orban declared.
The Hungarian Prime Minister declared he understood the political changes that occurred in Romania during the last three years and expressed the hope that, after “the political landscape is rearranged in Romania”, the relation of the two countries would not be “heaped” with the things that affected it after 2012.
“You have a new President, I have understood itş I have also seen plenty of things happening, I see that the political landscape in Romania is going through changes in a tempestuous manner. I have understood all of it, and I hope that, after the political landscape is rearranged in Romania, the relation between Hungary and Romania will be set free of the things that have heaped it after 2012”, Viktor Orban declared.
Moreover, he expressed his wish to return to a “normal” relation, which is important to both Romanians and Hungarians.
“I do not know, however, whether this thing is going to happen, whether there is, nonetheless, a firm interest from behalf of the Romanian party, from behalf of people involved in Romania’s foreign affairs, to return to the normal, efficient relation that had existed until 2012. We do not know whether Romanian politicians, the ones responsible of managing Romania’s foreign politics, are willing to restore our relation. Because we, Hungary, are saying that this relation should not have deteriorated after 2012, as this relation is similarly important for Romania and for Hungary; for the Hungarian community living in Romania, for Hungarians in Hungary and for Romanians. So, I think we must, common sense suggests that we must return to an efficient relation between Romania and Hungary”, PM Viktor Orban declared.
The debate attended by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, besides FIDESZ MEP Tokes Laszlo and hosted by Nemeth Zsolt, the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament in Budapest, was attended by approximately 1,500 persons.
“Tusvanyos” Summer University is organized by the Kisebbsegekert – Pro Minoritate Foundation in Budapest and the Hungarian Youth Council in Romania, in partnership with organizations and foundations of the two countries.