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Rights of Zakarpatia Hungarians: Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjártó declares progress in relations with Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Péter Szijjártó, "a solution is planned that could help Zakarpatia Hungarians to be in a better position in the current Ukrainian education system in terms of using native language"
12:19, 14 May 2021

Briefing of the Ministrers of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Hungary
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó stated that progress had been made in Hungarian-Ukrainian relations in observance of the rights of Hungarians in Zakarpatia. This was stated by the Hungarian Foreign Minister following a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba at the Hungarian Embassy in Bratislava, Hirado.hu reports.

Szijjártó noted that relations between Hungary and Ukraine have unfortunately not developed positively recently, there have been and still are many disputes.

The Foreign Minister added that "in recent days, however, progress has been made, which gives cautious optimism, and in the current situation, these small successes should also be appreciated."

The Hungarian Foreign Minister said that he had agreed with his Ukrainian counterpart that after a long break, a meeting of the Joint Minority Committee of the two countries would be convened soon to discuss complex issues other than education.

According to Szijjártó, after the second meeting of the Hungarian-Ukrainian working group on education the day before, "a solution is planned that could help Zakarpatia Hungarians find themselves in a better position in the current Ukrainian education system in terms of native language rules."

He added that progress had also been made on the so-called agreement on the equivalence of mutual recognition of diplomas and professional qualifications, the text of which had already been finalized.

The Hungarian Foreign Minister noted that Kuleba also very much welcomed Hungary's proposal for mutual recognition of health documents issued by the two countries, confirming the receipt of coronavirus vaccination, which will facilitate travel for vaccinated people.

As you might know, since September 2017, Hungary has been vetoing all decisions in NATO aiming to deepen cooperation with Ukraine, as well as blocking dialogue at the political level.

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In particular, Budapest is demanding that the Ukrainian authorities address education issues for the Hungarian community and a law on the use of the state language.

In December last year, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba spoke about the cause of the conflict with Hungary over the rights of Hungarians in Transcarpathia.

Kuleba also predicted that Hungary would not completely block Ukraine's relations with NATO.

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