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SMK and Most-Híd sign a document on Hungarian minority in Slovakia

The last census’ results which showed a significant drop in the number of members of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia have brought together its political representation, the Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK), Most-Híd, and the Roundtable of Hungarians in Slovakia to a joint declaration, which they signed in Bratislava on Monday, September 24.

The last census’ results which showed a significant drop in the number of members of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia have brought together its political representation, the Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK), Most-Híd, and the Roundtable of Hungarians in Slovakia to a joint declaration, which they signed in Bratislava on Monday, September 24.

"If Slovakia wants to be a democratic country its silent or secret goal cannot be for the Hungarian minority to cease to exist, but quite the contrary: that minorities continue to live here in [harmonious] co-existence," said the chairman of non-parliamentary SMK József Berényi, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

The title of the signed document is Basic Conditions for Survival and Development of Hungarians in Slovakia. However, its aim is not to bring closer the political parties that signed it but to put them on an equal platform regarding the most important issues of the Hungarian community.

Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár also confirmed that this activity is not about bringing them closer to SMK. "This document identifies some goals that should be shared. And that's important because they always called us traitors - and when we have common goals, how can we then betray someone," Bugár told SITA, adding that the document opens the possibility for closer cooperation, but for that to happen it is necessary that SMK also understands it in this way. For now, Most-Híd has still received no response from SMK whether the latter party is interested in cooperation in upcoming regional elections, Bugár said. On behalf of SMK, Berényi said that potential cooperation with other parties in elections is decided by party structures at the district and regional levels.

In the document, the signatories point out that the results of the census from 2011 are extremely unfavourable for ethnic Hungarians in Slovakia. Over the past twenty years, their number fell by 108,831, and their percentage decreased from 10.8 percent to 8.5 percent.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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