Orban calls for realistic policy of the nation

Budapest, November 5 (MTI) – Hungary needs to pursue an objective, realistic policy towards ethnic Hungarian minorities in neighbouring countries, one that never forgets that “there exists a united Hungarian nation”, said Prime Minister Viktor Orban, addressing the 9th Hungarian Permanent Conference (Maert) in Parliament on Friday.

Orban emphasised the need to break with the “false realists” who insist that Hungary’s fate is decided externally.

    ”Their way of thinking has no future,” the prime minister told the conference convened for the first time after six years.

    Orban said the April 2010 general election, in which his centre-right Fidesz party won a two-thirds majority, was the response of voters to the December 2004 failed referendum on granting Hungarian citizenship to ethnic Hungarians abroad (the referendum failed due to low turnout).

    ”At that time those in power wanted to persuade the public that we should write the large book of the Hungarian nation separately,” he said, calling that policy “perverse”.

    Orban noted that the advocates of granting Hungarian citizenship to ethnic Hungarians abroad outnumbered the opponents in 2004.

    ”This implied a moral obligation for the new government,” he said, adding that the related law had been approved by an overwhelming majority of MPs earlier this year.

    Hungary will not subordinate its policy and strategy towards ethnic Hungarian minorities in neighbouring countries to relations with the respective governments, he said.

    Orban said international relations were undergoing sweeping changes as pragmatism replaced ideologically motivated relations.

    ”We have no reason to develop ideologically loaded ties with nations with which all the others are dealing with pragmatically,” he said.

    He said Hungary, due to its political stability resulting from the April elections, should not be afraid of taking certain measures before other European nations, mentioning the bank tax which all European nations will sooner or later introduce but Hungary “had neither the time nor the chance to wait for”.

    Orban said Hungary should also focus on devising a central European policy that envisages cooperation in the economy and infrastructure and development policy.

    ”We cannot even rule out military cooperation — in the framework of NATO and the EU, of course,” he said.

    Maert comprises representatives of the Hungarian government, parliamentary parties and ethnic Hungarian parties and organisations in Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, and Serbia.