"The peoples of this region will not be anyone's servants"

Hungarian MPs of Carpathian Basin meet in Budapest

MH – 2018.02.09. 18:32 –

Parliamentary speaker Laszlo Kover and Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto assessed the current state of the Hungarian community in the Carpathian Basin.

Relations among Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin have been better and more successful over the past four years than at any other point in the last century, Laszlo Kover, the Hungarian Parliament's President said at the plenary session of the Hungarian Parliamentary Assembly of the Carpathian Basin (KMKF) in Budapest on Friday.

Kover stressed that during the last four years, central and eastern European countries also gradually formed a new kind of cooperation. "The novelty of this new relationship is rooted in the psychological and political recognition that we, the peoples of this region will not be anyone's servants - of either our western or eastern friends," Hungarian news agency MTI quoted Kover.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade stressed that it was not the government's job to say what is good for them but it was for the communities to tell the government what is in their interests. According to Peter Szijjarto Hungarian communities beyond the borders should be seen as a resource, he said, adding that if they need protection, the government should resort to mobilising international pressure.