SLOVAKIA will draw the attention of the world powers which signed the Treaty of Trianon in 1920 to what Prime Minister Robert Fico called “reviving Hungarian revisionism”. This was the prime minister’s response on June 1 to the passage of a law by the Hungarian parliament designating June 4, the day on which the treaty was signed, as a Day of National Cohesion. The Hungarian parliament passed the law on May 31.
The Slovak government will communicate with all ambassadors of EU countries in Slovakia as well as with international institutions about its concerns regarding the Hungarian action, the SITA newswire reported.
According to the law adopted by the newly-elected Hungarian parliament, June 4 will henceforth be a national day of remembrance. It was passed with 302 votes in favour and 55 against. The Hungarian parliament declares in the law that “each and every member and the communities of Hungarians brought under the authority of other states are part of the united Hungarian nation, the cohesion of which goes beyond state borders”.
Prime Minister Fico and other government representatives plan to take part in an event in the town of Komárno on June 4 in which a memorial will be erected reminding Slovaks of the Treaty of Trianon, an initiative proposed by the Slovak National Party (SNS).
“We only are responding to the Hungarian parliament that said something about Trianon which is non-European, dangerous and destabilising,” Fico said, as quoted by SITA. “We want to say something about the Trianon Treaty that we consider right, namely that this decision resulted from realistic historical reasons in 1920, which along with further steps after World War II, established the post-war arrangement respected by the Slovak Republic.”
7. Jun 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff