There will be no separatism in Ukrainian Transcarpathia

Author : Viktor Baloga

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Today, Hungarians are fighting in the East and protecting the borders of Ukraine, just like Germans, Ukrainians, and Russians. And there is no need to treat them like separatists.
21:07, 23 October 2017

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I think that we are behaving wrong, I mean the Ukrainian side. In the end, our aspirations go so far that we become not an associated member, but a full member of the European Union. If we talk about this, then after the first reading it was necessary to send this law on education to the Venice Commission, wait for the conclusions, if there were some corrections, then take them into account. And whether Hungarians like this or not, we could approved it in the second reading.

If you analyze the situation that occurs during the last week after the President signed the law on education, I understand them, the Hungarians. They always supported Poroshenko. In the Transcarpathian Regional Council, Hungarians together with the Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc  and Opposition Bloc hold the majority. That is, Hungarians clearly support the position of the president of Ukraine. And here, without consulting, we accept and sign a law that does not suit them.

On the other hand, it is necessary to clearly understand that the Hungarians of Transcarpathia, who live in such cities as Uzhgorod, Mukacheve, Beregove, who study in schools and gymnasiums, perfectly speak Hungarian, Ukrainian, English and German. The problem that is on the agenda is the problem of rural schools. There, both teachers and students, do not know any language except Hungarian. Therefore, to some extent, the Hungarians are also wrong, because the only prospect for children who want to study after school is a private institution in Berehove. There are no more prospects. If it is profitable for them to leave for Hungary, we will not against, we have people to resettle from Crimea and the Donbas.

Most likely, this law will not be changed. It is necessary. We should reconcile with it. I traveled to all the Ukrainian villages in Romania, where the community is more than 30 thousand - teachers and older people perfectly speak Ukrainian. But the children of the primary classes have a hard time talking in Ukrainian, they are already assimilated into Romanian society.

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We cannot talk about Hungary, because in reality there is no Ukrainian community in Hungary. Those problems that arose in Slovakia, in Romania, they appeared in Transcarpathia. It is a pity that this happened.

I am sure that there would not be many revisions in the law approved by the parliament, and we would not have such politicization of such issue as we have now with Hungary.

Regarding passports, according to the most pessimistic estimates, I think that this is about 70 thousand, about 90 thousand, the vast majority of ethnic Hungarians living in Transcarpathia - they all have Hungarian passports. This is true, and today it is not a secret. The Hungarian government has reconciled. Yes, they carried out this work and say that they people appealed to them to issue passports, and Hungarian authorities did not decide this by themselves.

Today, the Hungarians are fighting in the East and protecting the borders of Ukraine, just like the Germans, Ukrainians, and Russians. And there is no need to treat them like separatists. Transcarpathian community is monolithic, and at the same time, it is the largest of the national minorities. But we have Germans, Slovaks, and Czechs. 92% of Transcarpathians consider themselves to be citizens of Ukraine.

When they talk about separatism, I would ask Mr. Poroshenko and his experts to stop raiding the Hungarian government. It all will pass. Hungarians will understand this. We shouldn’t make such  conflict.

If there is a separatism in Ukraine in Transcarpathia, then this is incompetence first of all of the president and his team, as well as of those experts who are raising the boiling point today. In Transcarpathia everything is calm, and I will say this with probability not 100%, but 101%, that there will be no separatism in this part of Ukraine, and we will never allow this.

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