Politics

Hungarian, Romanian foreign ministers discuss minority issues

The foreign ministers of Hungary and Romania met at a mountain resort in Slovakia and discussed the issues of the Hungarian minority in Romania, Hungarian national news agency MTI reports.

Teodor Meleșcanu and Péter Szíjjártó met in Štrbské pleso, on the fringes of an informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Szííjártó asked Meleșcanu’s help to continue the dialogue of the two countries’ defense ministries to clarify the issue of the Úz valley Austro-Hungarian military graveyard in Romania, saying that the two delegations should ideally meet on site this month to assess the situation.

He also asked his Romanian counterpart in protecting the Hungarian minority’s language rights, curtailed by a recent Romanian government ordnance regulating official procedures and stop the Romanian authorities’ practice of fining the officials of the Hungarian minority when those use the language and symbols of their minority.

“Hungary is striving to improve bilateral relations and steer it back towards an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive dynamics”, a statement of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said after the meeting.

Title image: Romanian foreign minister Teodor Meleșcanu (L) and his Hungarian counterpart Péter Szíjjártó meet in Štrbské pleso, Slovakia (MTI/Mitko Sztojcsev)