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Leaders of Slovakia’s Hungarian Coalition Party to attend Carpathian Basin forum

Leaders from the non-parliamentary Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) will attend a session of the Forum of Hungarian Representatives of the Carpathian Basin in Budapest on March 11, the SITA newswire reported. Most-Hid, a party that also represents ethnic Hungarians living in Slovakia and a member of the four-party governing coalition said that it had not been invited to the forum.

Leaders from the non-parliamentary Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) will attend a session of the Forum of Hungarian Representatives of the Carpathian Basin in Budapest on March 11, the SITA newswire reported. Most-Hid, a party that also represents ethnic Hungarians living in Slovakia and a member of the four-party governing coalition said that it had not been invited to the forum.

The forum will discuss changes to the Hungary's constitution and SMK will present its own proposal at the meeting, SITA wrote. The Hungarian constitution currently has a single sentence about Hungarians living abroad.

"The Republic of Hungary feels responsible for what happens to Hungarians living outside Hungary, according to the constitution. We suggest changing this sentence to 'The Republic of Hungary takes responsibility for the lives of Hungarians living abroad'," SMK leader
József Berényi told SITA newswire.

In addition his party plans to propose that Hungary perceives issues related to rights of Hungarians living abroad and the institutional guarantees of their lives as matters of international law and not only of legal norms of a certain country.

Berényi stated his party’s proposal is important because the constitution cannot be changed every day. He called the sentence in the current wording of the constitution insufficient and vague because it can be interpreted in various ways.

Most-Híd Chairman Béla Bugár said he is not concerned that his party has not been invited. "It is a decision of the Hungarian side. We do not deal with it. We have enough sessions on laws here", Bugár said.

Source: SITA

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