Szijjarto criticises EU's ignorance

The fundamental rights of Hungarians in Transcarpathia are in danger

MH – 2018.05.09. 21:10 –

The foreign minister accused the European Union of putting the rights of migrants ahead of those of the Hungarian minority living in western Ukraine.

“We must continuously argue with Brussels concerning which of the human rights of the migrants must be respected, while there are 150 thousand Hungarians in Transcarpathia for whom it is a fundamental human right to be able to live in safety in their own homeland and use their own language”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said on Wednesday in Budapest, Kormany.hu reports.

At a joint press conference following a meeting with the President of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ), Laszlo Brenzovics, the Minister spoke about the fact that it would seem the migrants are more important to Brussels than the 150 thousand Hungarians living in Transcarpathia: “Brussels currently appears to regard the human rights of the migrants as being more important that the rights of Hungarians living in Transcarpathia, and I believe that this is an extremely damaging image, which it would be good if Brussels were to negate. Accordingly, we expect Brussels to take firm action to protect the truly existing rights of Transcarpathian Hungarians”.