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Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine regarding the final Communiqué of the 18th Session of the Hungarian Permanent Conference
16 November 2019 14:31

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses protest over calls for interference into the internal affairs of sovereign states, which took place in the Communiqué of the 18th Session of the Hungarian Permanent Conference published on November 15th.
Condemning the calls for autonomy of the Hungarian communities of the Carpathian region, we emphasize that national minorities in Ukraine enjoy a constitutional right to cultural autonomy and that support for other forms of autonomy contradicts the Ukrainian legislation and constitutes an encroachment on territorial integrity.
In the context of the Hungarian side's intention to implement assistance programs for foreign Hungarians, we underline that the procedure for providing such assistance should be agreed with the countries of residence of the Hungarian communities and be provided in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner.
We also remind that the Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized that the Law of Ukraine "On Education" is in accordance with the Constitution, and that six out of seven recommendations of the Venice Commission for the implementation of this law have already been implemented by Ukraine. We anticipate that Budapest will unlock the Ukraine – NATO dialogue regarding the implementation of the seventh recommendation.
The elements of the Communique, which express the readiness of Hungarian Permanent Conference to normalize relations between Ukraine and Hungary, are important for Ukraine.
We call on the Hungarian side to put an end to its unjustified accusations against Ukraine of violations of the rights of the Hungarian minority and to continue to work towards restoring the atmosphere of trust and good neighborly cooperation that is also in the interests of national minorities living in our countries.

Reference: The Hungarian Permanent Conference is an advisory body to Hungarian political forces and foreign Hungarian organizations residing in neighboring countries. Established in 1999, it meets annually, usually in November. Its members are: the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister for National Policy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Secretary of State for National Policy, the Leaders and Heads of factions of the parliamentary parties, as well as foreign Hungarian organizations with people's, regional or local deputies. In Ukraine, its members are the Transcarpathian Hungarian Culture Association and the Hungarian Democratic Union in Ukraine. The Hungarian Permanent Conference adopts final resolution, which has the character of recommendations to the Hungarian Government in the field of national policy.

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