Minority rights

Hungarian and Romanian foreign ministers discuss minority issues

The foreign ministers of Hungary and Romania met at a mountain resort in Slovakia to discuss the issues of the Hungarian minority in Romania, Hungary’s national news agency MTI reports.

Teodor Meleșcanu and Péter Szíjjártó met in Štrbské pleso, on the fringes of an informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Szííjártó asked Meleșcanu’s help to continue the dialogue of the two countries’ defense ministries to clarify the issue of the Úz valley Austro-Hungarian military graveyard in Romania, saying that the two delegations should ideally meet on site this month to assess the situation.

He also asked his Romanian counterpart to protect the Hungarian minority’s language rights, curtailed by a recent Romanian government ordnance regulating official procedures and stop the Romanian authorities’ practice of fining the officials of the Hungarian minority when they use the language and symbols of their minority.

“Hungary is striving to improve bilateral relations and steer it back towards an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive dynamics,” a statement from the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade stated after the meeting.

Title image: Romanian foreign minister Teodor Meleșcanu (L) and his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szíjjártó meet in Štrbské pleso, Slovakia (MTI/Mitko Sztojcsev)

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