Leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) group Korodi Attila stated on Wednesday at the “Tusvanyos” Summer University in Baile Tusnad that Washington’s interest in the situation of Romania’s minorities is appreciated by the Hungarian community and voiced hope that the US will continue to carefully monitor the human rights situation, as well as the rights of Romania’s minorities.
Korodi Attila stated that “Romania’s majority believes that the issue of national minorities is solved ‘in an exemplary manner,’ a position reflected also during the visit President Klaus Iohannis had paid on Tuesday to Covasna and Harghita Counties, but, in his opinion, the extension of minorities rights and, especially, the enforcement of the existing rights haven’t been a priority for Romania after the accession of our country to the European Union.
He also added, in this context, that the Hungarian community needs a “series of instruments and solutions” in order to keep their national identity and, therefore, the UDMR, together with the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) launched a European Citizens’ Initiative called Minority SafePack Initiative, in order to adopt a legislative framework for protecting minorities at the EU level.
The UDMR MP mentioned that the report of the US State Department criticised Romania’s policy regarding national minorities and over the past two years two reports criticising this aspect have been issued.
“The Hungarian community of Romania appreciates the fact that Washington carefully watches our situation, not just from a regional security point of view, but through the perspective of human rights and national minorities rights. This contributes to the support and development of the democratic construction of Central and Eastern Europe,” Korodi Atilla stated, according to a press release of the UDMR on Wednesday.
Korodi appreciated that the US Presidential Administration’s stand, which is led by Donald Trump, regarding the national minorities issue, which, for now, is unclear, but this “thing will shape-up in the upcoming months,” and expressed hope that the “US continue to carefully monitor the situation of human rights and Romania’s minorities’ rights.”