Vona: Szeklers will have their autonomy sooner or later

Gábor Vona says no matter what the Romanian state does, Szeklerland will sooner or later have its autonomy. Jobbik's president talked about the issue in Borzont, Szeklerland, in the camp of Hungarian Youth of Transylvania, organized for the tenth time this year.

Vona held a lecture together with Jobbik MP Márton Gyöngyösi on "The Future of the Hungarian nation at the dawn of a new world order" for three hundred participants. The party president stated that the Romanian government could not prevent the autonomy of Szeklers, "a turn of history" would create an opportunity for it.  The Romanian state had better reconsider its approach to Szekler autonomy - said Jobbik's president. Gábor Vona pointed out that apart from their difference of opinion in terms of minority rights, Romanians and Hungarians actually have a common fate. The interests of the two countries are the same. He warned Romania not to base its foreign policy solely on the alliance with the USA. 

Márton Gyöngyösi mentioned and Gábor Vona confirmed that Hungary's Euro-Atlantic orientation was a mistake, the country should balance its Western and Eastern relations. "It was a bad idea to put all of our eggs in one basket. We should have realized that there was a multi-polar world order in the making. Such emerging countries and regions as Russia, China and South America are claiming their rightful position in the world. It would be a suicide to chain ourselves to a sinking power centre" - said Gyöngyösi. He believes the best solution in the current situation is to open toward the East, the traces of which can be found in the foreign policy of the current Hungarian government as well. Gyöngyösi suggested the Hungarian diplomacy to realize that Russia was a natural ally in terms of the desired Ruthenian-Hungarian autonomy in the Lower Carpathians. 

Gábor Vona agreed with Viktor Orbán's statement made in Tusványos saying that we were living in such times when anything could happen. He stated that international conflicts are not developing toward a solution. He said the most important question was whether Hungary was ready for this situation. He said it was an "utter shame" that "international organizations were not echoing the Hungarian cries for autonomy in the Carpathian basin" and that Hungarian diplomacy has not been able to enlist a single country as a supporter of the efforts for autonomy. He mentioned that the great march of the Szeklers in October was accompanied by a concurrent demonstration of solidarity in Istambul, because he held lectures in Turkish universities and talked about the issues of Szekler autonomy as well.

Gábor Vona also mentioned that he had doubted whether he could be present in this camp this year, due to the statements that Romanian politicians made about him last year. His inquiries to get information from the Romanian authorities whether or not he was banned from the country remained unanswered, so he could eventually enter the country.


MTI (Hungarian News Agency)