Hungary wants OSCE mission to protect Hungarian population of western Ukraine

Are Hungarians safe in Ukraine's Transcarpathia Oblast? They demand OSCE Observers

Hungary Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto
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Hungary supports deployment of an OSCE mission in Transcarpathia
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto during a meeting in Budapest with Laszlo Brenzowicz, chairman of the Society of Hungarian Culture of Transcarpathia (KMKSZ), said that Budapest welcomes the possible use of the OSCE observer mission in Transcarpathia. This is reported on the website of the Hungarian government.

“Anxiety about a series of attacks on the Hungarian minority is growing. We expect that the Ukrainian authorities to ensure the security of the Hungarians in Transcarpathia, and we welcome the expansion of the presence of OSCE observers in Transcarpathia,” Siyarto said.

The Hungarian Foreign Minister also noted that Budapest can support Ukraine’s aspirations for European and Euro-Atlantic integration only if laws that restrict the rightsw of Hungarians are abolished.

On March 7, the Hungarians of Transcarpathia demanded the deployment of OSCE observers.

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The society of Hungarian Culture after the attacks on the office in Uzhgorod called on the OSCE to send a permanent mission to the Transcarpathian region. This is stated in an official release of the company.

In their message, the representatives of the society “welcome the OSCE proposal to create a special monitoring mission in Transcarpathia, since, given the recent developments in the region, this is an extremely necessary initiative.”

Earlier, Iosif Barto, Deputy Chairman of the Society of Hungarian Culture of Transcarpathia, and First Deputy Chairman of the Transcarpathian Regional Council Iosif Barto told the Hromadsky Radio that the issue of the permanent OSCE mission in Transcarpathia is now being decided.

On the preceding day, the  Ukrainian Foreign Ministry categorically rejected autonomy for Transcarpathian Hungarians.

On February 27, in Uzhhorod, persons unknown set fire to the office of the Hungarian community for the second time in a month. The first arson of the month was February 4 when persons unknown threw a molotov cocktail into the building of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Union.

Source Novorosinform
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