Lavrov: Ukraine violates the rights of ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov held a press conference in Moscow on January 26 and among other things, he said Ukraine violated the rights of ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia.

The current leadership in Ukraine drew electoral districts boundaries in Transcarpathia such a way that no ethnic Hungarian representative could get in the Ukrainian parliament. In vain, Budapest and the Hungarian community proposed to set up a Hungarian electoral districts in Ukraine so that ethnic Hungarians could run for parliament Lavrov said.

Jobbik Chairman Gábor Vona called on the European Union to put pressure on Ukraine to grant autonomy to Transcarpathia. "More than ​​200 thousand ethnic Hungarians live in Transcarpathia.

The Treaty of Trianon partitioned Hungary and attached Hungarians and Rusyns' historic homeland to Ukraine.

Hungarians and Rusyns have been living in the region, which is currently, part of Ukraine for centuries and have as much right to autonomy as any other people of the world.

A referendum was held in 1991 in the region; the absolute majority of the population voted in favor of autonomy said Gábor Vona.

The European Union is obliged to support the autonomy aspirations of all the people of Europe without using double standards stressed the Hungarian politicians.




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