Hungarian MFA calls on Ukraine to solve national minorities issue with languages

Source : 112 Ukraine

Szijjártó expressed confidence that the Hungarians should have right to use their native language in all spheres
09:18, 22 June 2021

Romania Journal

Foreign Minister of Hungary Péter Szijjártó believes it is necessary to provide the representatives of the Hungarian minority with the right to use their language in all spheres, including state governance as European Truth reported.

During the debates at PACE, Szijjártó did not mention any state. However, later, he specified that his complaints concern the state of Hungarians in Ukraine. The politician expressed confidence that the issue is about the restoration of such rights for Hungarians.

“Of course we were disappointed when we saw that after our support of the European aspirations of Ukraine, the parliament made a decision against the rights of the minorities in the spheres of education, media, and state governance…Now we ask Ukraine to return to the previous situation. We do not ask for extra rights, we ask to return what acted before for the Hungarian minority,” Szijjártó stated.

Related: PACE adopts a resolution on protection of rights of national minorities

He did not specify what he means by “the state government of the languages of the minorities”. Obviously, the issue is about the so-called “Kivalov-Kolesnichenko” law.

Earlier, Ukraine's State Language Protection Commissioner Taras Kremin addressed the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov, Chairman and Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy about the inadmissibility of making any changes to the language legislation.


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