Hungary marks the Day of National Cohesion

The national assembly on Monday held a commemoration of the Trianon Peace Treaty, which concluded the first world war and under which two-thirds of Hungary were ceded to neighbouring countries.

The treaty was signed on June 4, 1920. Before its 90th anniversary in 2010, the Hungarian parliament declared June 4 the Day of National Cohesion.

At the ceremony in Parliament, House Speaker Laszlo Kover condemned the Trianon treaty and said that Europe’s powers had made an attempt to strip the Hungarian state of conditions for survival and tried to “estrange our nation from itself”. “It is our conviction that a future cannot be built on a sense of guilt nor on resentment”, he added.

In 1920, “three million people were deprived of their right to decide who they want to live together with in their homelands, while some today seek to deprive all nations in Europe of that right,” Kover said. “Some are working to change Europe by way of illegal migration,” he insisted.

“Europe, however, can only survive if the interests of its nations are coordinated rather than eliminated,” Kover argued.

We can only be rid of Trianon’s burden if we believe in Hungary’s future, Finance Minister Mihaly Varga said at a commemoration marking National Cohesion Day in Budapest’s district 3, his constituency. “We work on becoming an up-and-coming nation with all our strength,” Varga said.

“In the 21st century, we have to strengthen the unity of the nation and not let defeatism or external pressure stop us from representing the interests of Hungarians,” Varga said. We simultaneously commemorate the signing of the treaty and celebrate the unity of the nation, he said.

The trust in national cohesion was the “strongest engine of survival” for ethnic Hungarians beyond the borders for decades after they were cut off from Hungary, the state secretary for Hungarian communities abroad, Arpad Janos Potapi said.

Hungary’s strongest opposition party, Jobbik is working to help ethnic Hungarians, “the largest indigenous minority in Europe”, to the same rights as Western Europe’s minorities have, Jobbik leader Tamas Sneider told a press conference. He said that “the vast opportunities in autonomy should be utilised” and added that his party would launch a political dialogue on the subject.

Admitting that Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has made some progress in this field, Sneider said that the country is “lagging 30 years behind” as the consecutive Hungarian governments “have refused to acknowledge or promote the autonomy plans of Hungarian communities”.

Source and photo: MTI

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