December 8, 2017 – FRN –
Ethnic Hungarians are leaving the Transcarpathian region en masse. This was announced today by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavel Klimkin, after talks with his Hungarian counterpart in Vienna.
“Ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia no longer number 150,000 or even 100,000 – people are leaving the region en masse,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
According to Klimkin, the meeting was pleasant and ended “on the positive.” He noted that Kiev and Budapest have a common goal – to support and help the Hungarian community in Ukraine.
The Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto stressed that his country is concerned about tensions in Transcarpathia, as there are anti-Hungarian demonstrations with outrage over national symbols. The Minister even suggested sending an OSCE observation mission there. In addition, Siyarto pointed out that the Ukrainian law on Education restricts national minorities, including Hungarians, in their right to receive education in their native language.
The ethnic Hungarian population numbered around 160,000 in the Ukraine, and has been steadily decreasing since the introduction of the law “On Education” in September, which outlawed all other languages of tuition, except for Ukrainian.