The Hungarian foreign ministry requested a year ago that Hungary should open two new consulates in the Transylvanian cities Nagyvárad (“Oradea” in Rumanian) and Marosvásárhely (“Targu Mures” in Rumanian) where significant Hungarian communities live. Like most of my readers must know, Transylvania (“Erdély” in Hungarian) was part of the Hungarian Kingdom from its founding in AD 1000 until the Dictat of Trianon in 1920.
Rumanian foreign minister Titus Corlatean‘s initial reactions about the Hungarian request were positive and he still made very positive remarks recently concerning the relations between Hungary and Rumania.
Today it’s been revealed that Rumania has rejected Hungary’s request for opening these new consulates, without giving any explanation.
I’m particularly surprised and disappointed because the Rumanian foreign minister signalled repeatedly how gladly he would invite me to Bucharest and he would want to hold talks about improving and maintaining our relations. I believe this act sharply contradicts his earlier sentences.
said Hungarian foreign minister Tibor Navrasics today in response. He added that Hungary has never ever prevented other countries from opening consulates in Hungary. He remarked that today’s Rumanian decision is going to have consequences and he has also summoned Rumania’s ambassador to Budapest immediately.
Only the traditional/historical anti-Hungarian stance of Rumanian politics, coupled with their guilt-ridden worries over Erdély, can be the only viable explanation for Rumania’s decision. So much about the so-called “European thought”…