Hungarian FM reacts to Melescanu’s release, says it hampers the improvement of bilateral relations

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Romania made a statement that makes it harder to improve bilateral relations, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said on Wednesday for Hungarian MTI press agency, in response to Wednesday’s press release from the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE).

As a reaction, Péter Szijjártó said: “In a state which observes the rule of law and respects European values, those punished are not the ones who demonstrate peacefully at a cemetery, but those who attack them.”

The head of the Hungarian diplomacy also said that it is up to the Parliament and the Government of Romania to do everything possible and to create an appropriate legal framework for minorities to exercise their rights so that the members of an ethnic community are not fined, discriminatory, by ‘exorbitant amounts’, only for the use of their own symbols, MTI informs.

MAE said in a release on Wednesday that “Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu’s meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, took place at the express request of the Romanian side, given that the Hungarian side has maintained a non-constructive attitude, and for discouraging the constant provocations from the Hungarian side. During the meeting, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto called for the judgments of the judiciary to be ignored and the Romanian state to intervene in justice.”

According to the same source, Teodor Melescanu reminded his Hungarian counterpart that “in a democratic state, with a functioning state and respecting the European values and implicitly the principle of the separation of powers in the state, Government intervention in Justice is not acceptable.” Also, the Romanian Minister has urged Hungarian officials to avoid any provocations in the future to Romania.

MAE informed on Tuesday that the two officials met on the margins of the informal meeting of foreign ministers of OSCE countries, in Strbske Pleso, Slovakia.

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