Tusk about Orban’s statement: unfortunate and disturbing
May 14, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said that the statement by the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban about what sort of autonomy he favors for ethnic Hungarians in neighboring countries, “is unfortunate and disturbing”.
Orban said on Saturday that the question of ethnic Hungarians is particularly topical in the light of the crisis in the neighboring Ukraine.
“Hungary will stand up for its rights within the European Union and wants autonomy for ethnic Hungarians living beyond its borders in central Europe, including Ukraine”, Hungarian PM said.
Ukraine must grant autonomy to ethnic Hungarians living there, Orban said.
There are about 200,000 ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine, Orban said. They must be granted dual citizenship, must enjoy all of the community rights and also the right to self-administration.,” he said during a speech in the parliament. "This is our clear expectation from the new Ukraine that is taking its shape now”, he said.
“I am sorry to say this but consider the statement made by PM Orban as unfortunate”, Polish PM said on Tuesday after the government sitting.
“Today, when we witness the Russian efforts of Ukraine’s partition such a statement must raise concern”, Tusk said. “We need to be careful, that in no way, whether intentional or not, it should sound as backing the actions by Pro-Russia separatists”.
He added that the Polish government will make sure that none of its neighbors will threaten integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
Tusk said he will have to openly say this during GLOBSEC security summit to be held in Bratislava on Thursday. The summit will be attended by Orban and the Ukrainian PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk.