Hungary will retain a veto on the meeting of the Commission Ukraine-NATO at the Ministerial level until you see progress from the Ukrainian side in ensuring the rights of minorities.
The Ambassador of Hungary in Ukraine Istvan Igarta said in an interview
“Clearly, Hungary is not happy about this veto of the Commission Ukraine-NATO at the Ministerial level. But until we see some progress from the Ukrainian side, we need to preserve it,” he explained.
According to Stephen Igarta, three held in Ukraine reforms are negative for the Hungarian minority.
“Unfortunately, in Ukraine today there are three reforms that, by chance, all three are very negative for Hungarians: it’s education reform, the use of language and administrative reform. Somehow, these three, in a sense, a broad perspective, very progressive, very European reforms lead to continuous deterioration of the rights of minorities. This is the main problem”, – said the Ambassador.
While Igarta noted that support by Hungary of granting Ukraine the status of a partner program advanced capabilities, NATO has demonstrated that it has never had the intention to block Ukraine’s way to the Alliance.
“I think this situation with the partnership of advanced features demonstrated that we never had the intention to block Ukraine’s way to NATO. What we do is to block political organization, the Advisory body, in cooperation NATO and Ukraine at the Ministerial level in order to Express our grave concern over the human rights situation of minorities in Ukraine”, – he said.
The Ambassador also added that NATO is totally alien to such principles and rights, democracy, the economy, in particular human rights and minority rights.
“That’s why we wanted to give a very serious signal that something is wrong with minority rights in Ukraine, and Ukraine should return to a policy, which she led to the adoption of the law “On education”, law “On higher education” and law “On ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as the state language”. It’s three acts, which sharply criticized the Hungarian side,” – said Igarta.
According to him, from the beginning, in the process of adoption and after the adoption of these laws, Ukraine has started to use political arguments, and the situation with the protection of minority rights became corporateservices topic.
“We hope that we can return this discussion to the legal field, to talk about the protection of minorities. We can throw away, get rid of political arguments, and then we can achieve anything”, – concluded the diplomat.