Polish-Hungarian Joint Statement: Ruch Narodowy and Jobbik Demand Self-Governance for the Indigenous Polish and Hungarian People living in the UkraineMon, 2014-02-03 12:09
Ruch Narodowy and Jobbik Demand Self-Governance
for the Indigenous Polish and Hungarian People
living in the Ukraine
On behalf of Ruch Narodowy and Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary, the national patriotic movements of Poland and Hungary, we jointly call upon our governments to immediately unite their efforts in applying their foreign and national political means to protect the rights of ethnic minorities living in Ukraine, with special regard for the Polish and Hungarian groups.
Our movements regard the representation of our national interest as a priority, which, at a time of an escalating crisis in Ukraine, translates into the protection of our brothers and sisters, the constituent parts of our nations living beyond our borders.
As the statements of the Tusk and Orbán governments and the press releases issued during the V4 Summit in Budapest clearly show, our governments are unable to go beyond Brussels' standpoint in analysing the Ukrainian situation, and they solely rely on European integration to ensure the security of native minorities living in the territory of Ukraine as well as to promote their cause. Thus, these governments sacrifice the enforcement of national interests on the altar of Euro federalism. We reject this minimalist approach to a crisis, which can have far reaching consequences for the Polish and Hungarian minorities in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the resignation of the Ukrainian prime minister began a process of regime change and the new government, in accordance with the constitutional timetable, has to emerge in no longer than two months. During this time our foreign services cannot be passive, especially in light of the fact, that due to the revolutionary wave now spreading in Ukraine, we are seeing an ever more progressing popularization of symbols and persons associated with the political tradition of Ukrainian ethnic chauvinism, which has left a tragic imprint in recent history, especially vis a vis ethnic minorities.
We expect from our governments that, regardless of who will rule Ukraine in the future, they will decisively aim to achieve the following demands: prevent Ukraine from officially honoring the criminal politician Stepan Bandera; the maintaining of the language law adopted in 2012; the increasing of state funding for minority language education; providing necessary infrastructure for the social and cultural activity of our countrymen living in Ukraine.
Ruch Narodowy and Jobbik Movement for a Better Hungary call upon the Polish and the Hungarian Governments to take a firm stance in order to protect the Polish minority and the Hungarian minority in Ukraine, and, within the framework of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, to demand the most comprehensive self-governance for the Polish and Hungarian people living in Ukraine!
Szávay István, Jobbik, Leader of National Policy Cabinet
Gyöngyösi Márton, Jobbik, Leader of Foreign Policy Cabinet
Witold Tumanowicz, National Movement, Member of Decision Counsil
Artur Zawisza, National Movement, Member of Decision Counsil