Rusyn organizations asking the Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian governments to help their struggle for self-determination by putting pressure on the Ukrainian government to recognize the result of the 1991 referendum.
The Coordinating Council of Rusyn organizations planning mass demonstrations in the near future to demand self-determination of Transcarpathia announced comments.ua Ukrainian news site.
The organization reminds readers to the 1991 referendum decision, in which the vast majority of the people of Transcarpathia voted for autonomy. Ukraine does not recognize the result of the referendum to this day. The Rusyn organizations adopted a resolution on Monday asking the United Nations, the European Commission, the European Council and the OSCE to put pressure on President Porosenko to recognize the result of the referendum that was held 24 years ago.
On December 1, 1991, 78% of voters supported the self-determination of Transcarpathia, which would include the Beregszász autonomous Hungarian region.
Many Rusyn groups demanding special status to the region for years; but Kiev doesn't even recognize the existence of the Rusyn minority.
The official position of Kiev is that the Rusyn minority is an "invented nationality" by historical Hungary. Kiev claims that the Rusyns speak a dialect of the Ukrainian language. Rusyn organizations are accused of being "a threat to the territorial integrity of the country".
In the pre - World War era Hungary and Poland recognized Rusyns as a separate nationality.
(alfahir.hu – hungarianambiance.com)