Romania decries revisionist symbols posted by Hungarian PM on Facebook

Romania decries revisionist symbols posted by Hungarian PM on Facebook

Bucharest, July 27, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Daniel Stroe

The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry says that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s (photo) posting “revisionist symbols” on Facebook will in no way help the bilateral Romanian-Hungarian relation to become “more efficient”, as it breaks the provisions of the Treaty of Understanding, Cooperation and Good Neighborliness forged by Romania and Hungary in 1996, as well as the Declaration on the Romanian-Hungarian cooperation and strategic partnership for 21st century Europe from 2002, only days after Orban decried a decay of the bilateral relations.

“Unfortunately, barely a day since he called for pragmatism and pronounced for an ‘efficient’ Romanian-Hungarian relation, Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban has chosen to post images including symbols of Greater Hungary and Szeklers’ Land on his Facebook account”, the ministry reacted on social media.

“The promotion by the Hungarian premier personally of such revisionist symbols, that are completely unacceptable and running counter the spirit of the Treaty of Understanding, Cooperation and Good Neighbourliness forged by Romania and Hungary in 1996 as well as the Declaration on the Romanian-Hungarian cooperation and strategic partnership for 21st century Europe from 2002 and the constitutional order in Romania in no way contributes to making the Romanian-Hungarian relation ‘more efficient’ and to restoring a climate of confidence”, it added on its Facebook page late Sunday.

It stresses Romania is open to the bilateral dialogue with Hungary, however by observing “the political-judicial parameters defined by Romania and Hungary in common agreement”.

“As long as the Hungarian side fails to prove beyond doubt that it is willing to observe the political-judicial parameters defined by Romania and Hungary in common agreement in the above-mentioned documents, the bilateral relation cannot become really balanced and built on mutual trust. Romania, as far as it is concerned, is open and wants the bilateral dialogue to develop, but it must be done in strict conformity with these parameters, to the benefit of the citizens of our two countries as EU members and NATO allies”, the ministry said.

Speaking at a summer Hungarian forum in central Romania, PM Viktor Orban said Hungarian-Romanian relations are no longer based on “pragmatic and confidence principles” as were before 2012. “Unfortunately, in 2012 the situation got worse. I don’t remember (Romanian) politicians having insulted Hungary so many times in history as it happened after 2012” he told the audience in Baile Tusnad, a mountain resort in so-called Szeklersland, Hungarian majority inhabited areas in central Romania.

He later posted on a Facebook a picture showing all sorts of badges, some of them depicting the “Greater Hungary” and “Szeklersland” which prompted Romania to react. The move comes after years of tensed relations between the two countries sparked by a height in far right movements among the Hungarian minority, marked by violent marches and speeches in favor of territorial autonomy of “Szeklersland”.