Hungarian government decides not to step up against military conscription in Transcarpathia

Since the local Hungarian organizations have not asked for it, the government will not step up against the unlawful drafting threatening the integrity of Hungarian families – this was the message revealed by State Secretary László Szabó's response to a question in the Hungarian Parliament on Monday. Jobbik MP István Szávay, who interpellated the government official, says his party cannot accept any military conscription quota because even a single Hungarian victim would be one too many.

In early September in Budapest, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó  met with Hennadiy Moskal,  the new governor of Transcarpathia. In the press conference after the meeting, Szíjjártó expressed his "great respect" for the new regime's achievements in terms of Transcarpathian security. However, these achievements apparently have not convinced Jobbik MP István Szávay, who spoke in the Monday session of the Hungarian Parliament and listed several problems impacting the Hungarian community in Transcarpathia.
 
He said the change of power hardly affected cigarette smuggling and illegal timber mining. Both activities continue seamlessly, except that some of the profit has been going to different pockets. On the other hand, Szabolcs County and Transcarpathian Hungarians commuting across the border are forced to wait 3-4 hours on a regular basis and then face customs officers who "don't behave quite politely."

Szávay called it insane

that the citizens of countries with mandatory visa to travel into Ukraine, including those of Hungary, cannot stay more than 90 days of any 180-day period in the territory of Ukraine, otherwise they may be returned or persecuted. The Jobbik MP says this is not an exemplary act of ensuring security but a petty harassment of Hungarian commuters.
 
The politician also objected to the "violent and unlawful" military conscription which neither the local community leaders nor the Hungarian government attempts to stop. Instead, they dispute about quotas. Emigration has risen to such proportions that many smaller towns and villages have no school teachers and the promised wages for teachers, the education subsidies and the food contribution for kindergartens suffer a delay, too. Referring to information from local residents, he added that Hungarian government party Fidesz' "local branch" was planning to time the distribution of these monies for the upcoming municipal elections.

"Transcarpathian Hungarians, who are hit by the war, the conscriptions, the fence barrier, over 50 per cent inflation and emigration, will need to prepare for winter, which will begin with a 450 per cent rise in heating gas prices that most families will obviously be unable to handle. In the meantime, Andrea Bocskor, Fidesz' bogus MEP for Transcarpathia, who doesn't even maintain an electorate office in her own homeland, completely ignores the cause of the Transcarpathian Hungarian community. Instead, she worries about the labour conditions of sailors and the health hazards for French truck drivers. It was a waste of resources to send her to Brussels," concluded the MP.

The response was given by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Economy László Szabó who reassured everybody: they shared their concern for the "survival and proliferation of Transcarpathian Hungarians". He said the topic of border-crossing difficulties was raised during the discussion with Moskal, and the Hungarian government expressed its wish that the pressure on the relevant sections could be eased and that the bypass road could be built around Beregszász (Beregovo) as soon as possible. As far as the 90-day stay was concerned, he only said it was an old Hungary-Ukraine agreement which was being implemented now.
 
Sending a message to more than 3000 teachers recommended for subsidies, he said that the decision support committee of the Gábor Bethlen Fund Management was working. With regard to education and children's food contribution, bureaucrats are a bit more ahead in the process: payments are soon to be made, the bank cards are being manufactured right now.
 
At the end of his speech, László Szabó talked about conscriptions as well. Referring to the information he got from local Hungarian organizations, he said that the earlier tensions seem to have eased, mobilization does not impact the Hungarian population in a disproportionate way, so these organizations have not requested an intervention from the Hungarian government.
 
In his rejoinder, István Szávay stated that the people who should be asked about the conscriptions are not the representatives of the local Hungarian organizations but

Hungarian mothers and wives,

whether they want to let their sons and husbands to go to war based on any quota.
"We cannot accept any quota, even a single Hungarian victim is one too many," underlined Jobbik's MP.

 

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