The government of Hungary has given Slovakia's Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) €177,000 (50 million forints) to help people in areas affected by the devastating floods in Slovakia, SMK chairman Pál Csáky confirmed to the TASR newswire on Thursday, June 10, adding that he views this as a generous gesture and a display of European solidarity.
According to Csáky, the financial aid won't only go to ethnic-Hungarians living in Slovakia, but to Slovaks as well. The money was transferred to SMK's account opened for the purpose of collecting money for the flood victims. "The first sums were provided by us, SMK MPs, and from the party's finances, and it's true that the Hungarian Government provided 50 million forints for this purpose," he said.
It will be SMK who will decide how the financial means will be re-distributed. "We'll divide it on a territorial basis. We'll disclose who is given the financial means and I'm convinced that people of Slovak nationality will get some as well," assured Csáky.
Csáky said that he isn't worried about the accusations that SMK is an extended hand of the Hungarian government or even of its head Viktor Orban. "Only a personally deformed and mentally limited person can have reservations towards providing somebody with help if they need it. I think this would be totally inappropriate," he added.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Jun 2010 at 10:00