Fidesz and MSZP ally against Turanic nations

Fidesz and MSZP ally against Turanic nations

The Committee on Culture of the Hungarian Parliament blocked the parliamentary draft resolution to celebrate the day of Turanic nations.

By their abstaining, the Fidesz-, KDNP- and MSZP-delegated members of the Committee on Culture of the Hungarian Parliament prevented the vote on the draft resolution to celebrate the day of Turanic kin nations, which had been proposed by Jobbik.  Gábor Vona says this "cowardly no" is a diplomatic insult and a bad message to society.

Self-destructive compromise

In his press conference on Monday, the president of Jobbik pointed out that his party had agreed to support the parliamentary draft resolution to celebrate the day of Finno-Ugric nations on two conditions this March. One was that the term kin nations would be changed for linguistic kinship, the other was that a similar day would be assigned to celebrate Turanic people. Vona reminded that the acceptance of the Finno-Ugric linguistic kinship was already a "self-destructive" compromise on Jobbik's part, since there is no scientific agreement on this subject, while Turanic blood relations are almost universally recognized now.

In his press conference, Gábor Vona voiced his indignation and displeasure, stating that the government lost its remaining credibility with this decision, while they also denied the fair demand of Hungarian society that is manifested by such events as the Kurultaj, which involves hundreds of thousands each year. As the Central Asian nations were following the fate of the draft resolution with great interest, this diplomatic insult will be hard for the government officials to explain - he pointed out.

One can have it, the other can't?

Gábor Vona – who had submitted the draft resolution together with Márton Gyöngyösi and Tamás Hegedűs  - had a chance to present his arguments for the day of Turanic kin nations at the Monday meeting of the Committee on Culture. The party president said that the Parliament had no right to make decisions in scientific issues, but since the Finno-Ugric linguistic kinship, which is also a subject of scientific debate, had already received this honour, Turanic kin nations, whose blood relations are supported by genetic studies, deserved a similar gesture.

Jobbik's president pointed out at the committee meeting that Turanism, which had been silenced during the Communist regime, surfaced after the change of the political system and has its Renaissance now as it is proven by the Kurultaj event patronized by Sándor Lezsák. "This issue has grown out of the political frames in the community and it is no longer about making a gesture to Jobbik" - underlined the MP. Vona also pointed out that Turkey and Azerbaijan are two countries developing at breathtaking speed.

Attila's grandchildren

Gábor Vona says that regardless whether they live in the Carpathian basin or scattered all around the world, the hearts of nations akin to Hungarians beat faster knowing that we are all Attila's grandchildren and such an initiative could count on the positive feedback from hundreds of millions. If the bill is rejected, the exclusion of our kins would be a similar slap in the face to the referendum on December 5, 2004, even though the two are incomparable - the president said.

Finally, the leader of Jobbik asked the government MPs to look at the importance of the cause instead of who submitted it, and if they do not happen to support the bill, explain their reasons and give guidelines for the future. Vona remarked that even if the bill is rejected, Jobbik will not consider the case closed and will continue to fight for the establishment of an institute of ancient history, which would conduct historical, archaeological, etymological, religious and linguistic studies.

No government MPs commented on the bill, only Jobbik MP Előd Novák read out from earlier speeches made by Fidesz MPs in Parliament. He proved that Fidesz MPs Zoltán Kőszegi and István Boldog both had considered Jobbik's proposal to be constructive and worthy of support.

However, the committee did not put the draft resolution on the agenda, because the MP’s of Fidesz, KDNP and MSZP were abstaining, and only Jobbik supported it.


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