Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has offered his government’s help to Laszlo Brenzovics, head of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ), after the organisation’s headquarters in Uzhhorod, in western Ukraine, was set on fire on Tuesday.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, Orban reassured Brenzovics that Transcarpathia Hungarians can count on the Hungarian government. Orban offered KMKSZ financial assistance and help with repairing the damage done to its headquarters.
The foreign ministry condemned the attack and summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to Hungary over the incident. Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the government expects Ukraine’s authorities to investigate the attack, identify and prosecute the perpetrators.
The attack was also condemned by Hungary’s opposition parties as well as Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Hennadiy Moskal, governor of western Ukraine’s Zakarpattia Oblast.
Szijjarto discusses attack on KMKSZ building in Ukraine with OSCE chief
Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Wednesday discussed this week’s attack on the headquarters of KMKSZ with the head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Speaking at a press conference on a different subject, Szijjarto said that in his telephone conversation with Thomas Greminger, he had repeated Hungary’s proposal that the OSCE’s special monitoring mission to Ukraine should establish a presence in Transcarpathia as well. The OSCE’s job is to prevent conflicts, Szijjarto said, adding that if the situation in Transcarpathia stayed as it currently is, it could have “dramatic consequences”.
Szijjarto said that carrying out Hungary’s initiative “would only be a matter of political will”, arguing that Greminger had confirmed that there was no legal obstacle to following through with it. The minister lamented the international community’s “silence” on the attack, saying that no country had spoken out against it or expressed its solidarity with Hungary.
He said the situation in Ukraine was “serious”, with “nationalistic views gaining ground”. Szijjarto said this was also demonstrated by “the fact that Hungarians in Transcarpathia face constant intimidation”. Tuesday’s attack and the fact that it happened in a country looking to deepen its ties to both NATO and the European Union “crosses every line”, he said. Szijjarto said the Hungarian government will provide KMKSZ with any financial assistance it may need.
Source and photo: MTI