“It was a lesson from which learned that more strictness and carefulness are required when making public statements”
Former PM Mihai Tudose announced on Facebook that on January 30 he was at the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) for his statements related to the hoist of the Szekler flag, mentioning again that it wasn’t about incitement to hatred and saying that it was a lesson from which he learned that “more strictness and carefulness are required when making public statements”.
“On January 30, I came to the National Council for Combating Discrimination to argue my point of view regarding the statements that I made in the TV show ‘Jocuri de putere’ since 10-01-2017. By the statement in question, I only wished to express my opinion on the need to observe the law in the field of using the official state marks, namely on the responsibility of the public servants to apply the law in this respect” Tudose wrote, adding that he publicly apologizes this way too, to any community or to the members of a minority who felt injured, as a result of his statement “that let room for interpretations of incitement to hatred or violence”.
He mentioned that such an interpretation is not consistent his principles and he sees the incident as a lesson from which he understood that more carefulness is required when making public statements.
“This interpretation is not consistent with my values and principles, namely with dialogue and mutual respect between communities and my behavior against any form of intolerance and incitement to hatred. It was a lesson from which I learned that more strictness and carefulness are required when making public statements, in order not to unintentionally cause interpretations that I do not assume…” the former PM underlined.
On January 10, at Realitatea TV, PM Mihai Tudose spoke about the resolution on the autonomy of the Szekler Land signed at Cluj-Napoca by the three Hungarian political parties (UDMR, PPMT and PCM), appreciating that “such an autonomy is out of question for the Szeklers”.
“I sent the message that if the Szekler flag will wave on the institutions there, all of them will wave near the flag. Such an autonomy for the Szeklers is out of question” PM stated.
Later, he nuanced his statement on the Szekler Land’s autonomy, mentioning that he was talking about the mandates of the authorities. However, Tudose pointed out that the autonomy of a piece of Romania is out of question.
“I want to nuance a statement that I made on Wednesday and which was misunderstood. I am firmly keeping my position as a Romanian that Romania’s territorial integrity is not negotiable in any way, not even amicably, and the autonomy of a piece of Romania is out of question. When I referred to waving on the flag, I was speaking about the state authorities who must apply the law. Their mandate waves near the flag if they don’t apply the law. That is all about, it wasn’t about hanging someone” Mihai Tudose stated at that time.
Kelemen: We accept the excuses publicly expressed by former PM Mihai Tudose, it is a gesture of normality towards our community
The leader of the Democrat Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Kelemen Hunor, announced on Thursday that he accepts former Prime-Minister Mihai Tudose’s excuses, following his statement according to which “if the Szekler flag will wave on the institutions there, all of them will wave near the flag”. “We accept the excuses publicly expressed by former PM Mihai Tudose, which are a gesture of normality towards our community, although they have been presented after the decision of the National Council for Combating Discrimination”, Kelemen Hunor wrote on his Facebook account. Also, Kelemen was sad to notice that “no politician of the opposition hasn’t delimited from the former Prime Minister’s statements”. “We also notice that, until now, no politician of the opposition hasn’t delimited from the former Prime Minister’s statement by which he threated that he will hang the members of a minority if they will express their identity through their own symbols” he added.