Reformed Church Minister Lóránt Hegedűs declared persona non grata in Ukraine

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Reformed Church Minister Lóránt Hegedűs wanted to travel to Szolyvár, Transcarpathia to attend a commemoration service at the 70th anniversary of the deportation of Hungarian nationals to forced labor camps after world war two; but he was stopped at the Ukrainian border where border guards told him he wasn't allowed to enter Ukraine.

That was all the border guards could tell him and his companions. However, it turned out that the decision of his ban to enter the country had been decided on July 31 this year. Two members of the Hungarian consulate arrived at the scene to assist the minister, but they could do nothing to help although, they promised to look into the matter later.

Hegedűs told that he could only guess why he was declared unwelcome in Ukraine. It is possible that Ukrainian official decided to impose a travel ban on him soon after a demonstration last year held in front of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry where in a speech he strongly advocated the self-determination of Transcarpathian Hungarians.

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