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August 1, 2021

Defence Minister Dusa: Minority must observe country’s constitution, laws; autonomy disputes pointless

MP Mircea Dusa, the Minister of National Defence said at a meeting of the representatives of the Romanians in the county of Harghita held at Izvoru Muresului on Saturday that the organisations representing the ethnic Hungarians must understand that disputes over the autonomy are pointless and a minority must observe the country’s constitution and laws.

“I think the organisations representing the ethnic Hungarians (…) should understand that a constant dispute and fomenting [disputes] is not beneficial. Finally, this is how things work in a democratic state, a minority must observe the constitution and the laws of the country they live in. The disputes relating the territorial autonomy are pointless and the Romanian constitution is very clear and from its very first article stipulates the state sovereignty”, Dusa said, according to Agerpres.

He added that the ethnic Hungarians’ representatives, when getting public dignities take an oath of respecting the Romanian constitution and laws, but afterwards their actions run counter what they had sworn.

The minister recommended such representatives “to no longer pit the citizens they represent against the majority citizens”.

At the meeting organised by the Civic Forum of the Romanians in Covasna, Harghita and Mures, Dusa pointed out that the organisation of the Romanians in the three counties, set up ten years ago, is a representative one and has provided balance in the area, so that the tension created by the politicians had no effect on the Romanians’ coexistence with the Hungarians.

Representatives for the Romanians in the counties of Harghita, Covasna and Mures met at Izvoru Muresului to discuss the problems they face and called for measures to protect and assert their identity; the conclusions of the debates will be found in a memorandum to be sent the Romanian state institutions and the Council of Europe.

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