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Romanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Hungarian FMs sign joint letter on Ukraine’s education law

Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva, Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto have sent their Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin, Council of Europe’s Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland and OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Lamberto Zannier a joint letter expressing “concern” and “deep regret” over the adoption by Ukraine’s Supreme Rada of an education bill, Agerpres informs.

“This common approach takes into account the sustained interest of the signatory parties in ensuring the protection of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities and calls on Ukrainian officials to identify concrete measures / solutions in this respect, in the spirit of cooperation and strict compliance by Ukraine with the relevant international rules and standards in the area. The letter advocates the need for the use of all the tools at the disposal of the Council of Europe and the OSCE to ensure that the new restrictive provisions introduced by the Ukrainian Law on Education will not affect adequate protection of the fundamental rights of persons belonging to national minorities,” reads a press statement released on Thursday by Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE).

Last Thursday, MAE announced it has taken notice with concern about the new Education bill adopted on September 5, 2017 by the Supreme Rada of Ukraine, mainly on article 7 regarding the education in the languages of national minorities.

“MAE reminds that, according to the framework-convention for the protection of national minorities, the states undertake to observe the right of every person belonging to the national minorities to learn in his mother language. The need of conformity to the international rules in the field has been constantly reminded by the Romanian party in relation with the Ukrainian party on the issue of protecting the rights of the persons belonging to the Romanian national minority in Ukraine,” a MAE release announced.

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