After a stormy discussion in the Slovak Parliament on Wednesday, June 3, MPs approved a ‘Declaration on Recurring Nationalist Statements by Hungarian Opposition Party Fidesz Chairman Viktor Orbán and Several Other Representatives During the Election Campaign to the European Parliament’ (EP), the TASR newswire wrote.
According to the declaration, Orbán's statements lead to ethnic separation, negation of the sovereignty of neighbouring countries, as well as casting doubt upon the territorial integrity of Slovakia, and inciting instability in central Europe. In its declaration, the Slovak Parliament addresses all citizens of Hungarian nationality, calling on them “not to comply with cheap demagogic and nationalist appeals” from Hungarian politicians or representatives of Slovakia’s opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK).
SMK vice-chairman József Berényi said the text was written in a low-quality and manipulative way. SMK MPs took part in the parliamentary discussion, criticising the coalition and claiming that it had organised the extraordinary session in order to divert attention from the current economic crisis. The other two main parliamentary opposition parties, the Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) and Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), earlier condemned Orbán’s statements as well. However, their MPs didn’t take part in the session, saying they regarded it as part of the ruling coalition’s election propaganda. Moreover, they said they didn’t regard parliament’s declaration as appropriate considering the relevance of statements by a Hungarian opposition politician. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Jun 2009 at 10:00