The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs so far fails to call in the Romanian ambassador, Jobbik will do it
Jobbik motions for the hearing of deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjén, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szíjjártó and the Romanian ambassador to Budapest in a joint meeting of the Hungarian Parliament's Committees on Foreign Affairs and National Cohesion.In his press conference on Monday, Jobbik's vice president István Szávay explained that his party had proposed to summon the two committees last week because there had been several anti-Hungarian measures taken in Transylvania in recent months. As he put it, "the recent months have seen Romania taking backward steps again in the road of democracy and minority rights".
The MP reminded the media that several issues had sorely been missing a solution for a long time, including the Mikó High School and Campus, the Hungarian faculties of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureș), as well as the history-falsifying Iorga quote on the King Matthias Statue in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca). In recent months however, "the Romanian authorities have seemed to toughen up even more," he added. The opposition politician listed the specific examples.
In Szováta (Sovata) a man was fined for setting up an Albert Wass Statue in his own yard. The concert of Ismerős Arcok music band was raided by riot police units in Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfântu Gheorghe). János Petrás, the singer of Kárpátia music band was charged with "irredentist propaganda and instigation of hatred". Fines were imposed on some Marosvásárhely citizens who put up bilingual street signs in the town (in compliance with the law). In Csíkkozmás (Cozmeni) the Hungarian sign was removed from the Town Hall.
These threatening trends culminated in the arrests of István Beke, the Kézdivásárhely (Târgu Secuiesc) leader of Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement (HVIM) and Zoltán Szőcs, the Transylvanian president of the organization under the charge of terrorism. So far the authorities have failed to present any evidence whatsoever, the politician added. The Romanian authorities are still to produce the findings of the bomb disposal experts' analysis of the confiscated "Christmas sparklers and fire crackers", to publish the tapped conversations of HVIM members as well as the legal grounds of such tapping if it took place at all, stated Szávay.
As he put it, Bucharest's aim is not only to harass HVIM, but to intimidate the entire Hungarian community struggling for autonomy.
"We regret seeing that the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hardly had anything to say about the human rights violations in Transylvania", he added. Jobbik wants to "see clearly in this issue", so István Szávay and another Jobbik-delegated member of the body, Balázs Ander, as well as Márton Gyöngyösi and Gábor Vona proposed to summon the extraordinary joint meeting of the Hungarian Parliament's Committees on National Cohesion and Foreign Affairs. The agenda of the meeting would include the hearing of Zsolt Semjén, the deputy prime minister for Hungarian communities abroad, Péter Szíjjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as Romania's ambassador to Budapest. "If it has not been important enough for the Hungarian diplomacy to call in Romania's ambassador to Budapest, we will do so," stated the MP.
The necessary number of signatures are already available for convening the Committee on National Cohesion, while Márton Gyöngyösi is currently coordinating with the other parties in the Committee on Foreign Affairs to collect one more signature. He commented that the other Jobbik-delegated member of the committee is party president Gábor Vona. Szávay expressed his hope that certain government MPs will endorse the initiative as well. He pointed out that both committees are chaired by the government party, so it is basically up to Fidesz whether they want to deal with the violations of Transylvanian Hungarian rights. He added that they proposed to schedule the extraordinary meeting for 12th January.
Alfahír.hu - Jobbik.com