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Hungary offers Ukraine to sign agreement on mutual protection of minorities

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Head of Hungarian MFA expressed hope that the draft decision will be discussed in early December
22:25, 24 October 2018

Reuters

Hungary proposes Ukraine to sign an agreement on mutual protection of national minorities. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Péter Szijjártó claimed this during the security forum in Warsaw, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

‘Last time in Luxembourg we agreed to move in small steps to overcome the challenges in our bilateral relations. Today, I forwarded to Pavlo (Klimkin, Ukraine's head of MFA, - ed.) a draft decision because I think that the two countries must sign a new agreement on mutual protection of national minorities,’ Szijjártó claimed.

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He expressed hope that the draft decision will be discussed in early December.

‘I hope that we will be able to start negotiations on the draft the next time in early December in Milan, where OSCE ministerial meeting to take place,’ the Head of Hungarian Ministry noted.

According to him, Ukraine and Hungary became closer to restoring confidence after today’s talks. He also called the negotiations in Warsaw ‘a constructive dialogue in a friendly atmosphere.’

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It should be noted that the relations between Ukraine and Hungary have significantly worsened after Ukraine’s education act, which provides that the national minorities are gradually transferring to schooling in Ukrainian, and can learn their own language as an elective.

Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians are receiving Hungarian passports and owe allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove (Zakarpattia region). The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

Later, Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister, said that the video is being checked on the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul might be expelled from the country. 

Related: Anti-Hungarian billboards appear in Ukraine's Zakarpattia

In his turn, Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed the attempts to intimidate the Transcarpathian Hungarians and threatened to make Ukraine’s integration more complicated

Later it was also reported that for seven years, the Hungarian consulates in Berehove and Uzhhorod of Zakarpattia region have been granting Hungarian citizenship to local residents who are citizens of Ukraine.

Related: Budapest doubles assistance for Hungarians in Ukraine's Zakarpattia

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