Romanian PM voices anger over Hungarian ambassador’s “unacceptable slippages”

Romanian PM voices anger over Hungarian ambassador’s “unacceptable slippages”

Bucharest, August 12, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Daniel Stroe

Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta stressed that the Government of Romania cannot “endlessly tolerate the unacceptable slippages” of the Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, following an interview the diplomat gave to a Romanian newspaper, only weeks after Bucharest and Budapest were caught in another feud.

“I don’t want to fall into the trap of provocations from Budapest, but the Romanian Government cannot endlessly tolerate the unacceptable slippages of the Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest, or of other Hungarian officials who visit our country! The stance expressed by the Romanian Foreign Ministry was extremely balanced and consistent with European regulations and standards,” the Prime Minister wrote last night on Facebook.

Ponta added that he respects the Hungarian people, but he doesn’t wait for “Budapest’s approval” to voice his opinions about his own country.

“And yet another necessary clarification — I respect Hungary and the Hungarian people, but I don’t need to get Budapest’s approval to voice my legitimate opinions about my country — I am not under pressure from EPP leaders (as unfortunately some of my Romanian fellow politicians are) to close my eyes and obediently swallow such slippages from the diplomatic regulations and customary respect between two countries,” Ponta wrote.

In his interview to daily Romania Libera, Ambassador Zakonyo Botond said Romania and Hungary have far more important things to work on than bickering over some pictures posted by Hungarian PM Viktor Orban late July which Romania accused they were depicting revisionist symbols. Botond went further to accuse Romania of refusing to finish ten trans-border roads between the two countries and not making all efforts to ensure the use of the Hungarian language in education and public administration.

Following these remarks, Romanian Ambassador in Budapest Victor Micula had on August 11 an audience with Secretary of State with the Hungarian Foreign Ministry Levente Magyar, at his own request.

The audience was requested following instructions given by the Romanian Foreign Ministry that the stance of the Romanian side on the interview the Hungarian Ambassador in Bucharest gave Romania Libera daily to be directly conveyed to the Hungarian officials.

The Hungarian state-owned news agency MTI announced on Tuesday that the Hungarian Foreign Ministry had summoned the Romanian Ambassador in Budapest Victor Micula, in connection with statements made on Monday evening by Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta on the all-news channel Romania TV, according to which Hungary is trying “to provoke” Romania.