Jobbik President Gábor Vona visited Kazakhstan as a member of the Hungarian delegation to take part in the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-speaking people (TURKPA) VI. plenary session in Astana.
What do we know about this relatively new organization, which is largely unknown in Europe?
The organization formed by Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan. Hungary joined the organization as an observer. Hungarians perhaps know better this group as the Turanian alliance. The aim of TURKPA is to coordinate its member states' security, economic, cultural, legal, and environmental policies. Our observer status allow us to expand our cultural, economic and political relation with the Turkic world, rather than just being passive observers of the activities of the organization.
Why was it so important for you to be present in person?
I've never hidden the fact that the Turanian idea and Hungarians' eastern origin have been very important to me. To answer the question east or west, I would say both. In my opinion, Hungarians' internal division arises from our inability to resolve this age old contradiction and reconcile them into a harmonious unity. In the Árpád era our eastern origin and our western orientation were balanced, that's why our nation was strong and united; but, when disunity emerged along these lines, we lost influence. Hungary can prosper only if these two opposing notions reconciled into a harmonious unity - our nation must re-learn how to deal with its dual identity, which are two sides of the same coin. In the past centuries, our eastern heritage was subverted to create confusion in national identity.
That is an economic notion, but I look at partnership as a spiritual and cultural dimension; in other words that, which is much deeper and more profound than the economic aspect. If we develop closer cultural ties with our sister nations economic relations can be developed much faster. I see great potential in this organization.
Who have you met with, and what have you accomplished during the visit?
The Hungarian delegation led by Fidesz MP Márta Mátrai. I think we complemented each other very well. We were welcomed with great affection; we were welcomed as close relatives drifted too far to the west. We had talks with many delegates; and we had informal discussions with most of them. We are just at the beginning of a process, since this was our second TURKPA meeting. Here, I must thank Sándor Lezsák for working out an agreement with the group, which allowed Hungary to join the organization as an observer.
Most of those nations regained their independence only recently; to meet representatives of our sister nations is very elevating. To be Hungarian in this context is very satisfying. Just to say we are all Attila's grandchildren enough to win friendly hugs from the common people. We can never receive such brotherly welcome anywhere in the world.
How does this trip fit into Jobbik's foreign policy strategy? How does this friendly relations with the Central-Asian-Turkic peoples fit into Jobbik's Russian and Turkish relations?
It's difficult, I hope the current Turkish - Russian hostility ends soon. I said many times in the past that Hungary should plan its future foreign policy along a German-Russian-Turkish triangle. Now, two of those players turned against each other, which is not a good omen for us. Kazakhstan is in a similar situation. It offered to mediate between the two parties. Perhaps, we should do the same.
(alfahir.hu – hungarianambiance.com)