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Potapi: Hungarian parties beyond border ‘must represent interests of Hungarians who want to prosper in their homeland’

Hungarian parties beyond the border must represent the interests of the Hungarians who want to prosper in their homeland, Janos Arpad Potapi, state secretary for Hungarian communities beyond the border, said at a Carpathian Basin roundtable held on Saturday in Rijeka (Fiume).

Potapi said it was agreed at the roundtable that the chief achievement of national community policy of the past 13 years had been strengthening Hungarian communities in the Carpathian Basin.

He said central Europe, including Hungarians of the Carpathian Basin, had confronted a tough situation in the wake of the epidemic, the Russian-Ukrainian war and European sanctions, “and responses to challenges must be found together”.

All these factors would have had a far worse effect had these communities not pulled together, he said. Also, census data, he added, indicated that Hungarian populations were dwindling in all regions beyond the border as well as in Hungary. “Without our work, the rates [of deterioration] would be far worse,” he said.

Potapi noted that throughout the Carpathian Basin, “very important elections” were coming up, “and we must work together to make sure that Hungarian parties do well…”

Attending the roundtable at the headquarters of the Democratic Union of Hungarians of Croatia (HMDK) were Kelemen Hunor, leader of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), Istvan Pasztor of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (VMSZ), Laszlo Brenzovics of the Cultural Alliance of Hungarians in Sub-Carpathia (KMKSZ), Hungarian Community Party, Robert Jankovics of the HMDK and Orban Dusan of the Hungarian Self-Governing Ethnic Community of Pomurje, as well as staff of the State Secretariat for Hungarian Communities Abroad who maintain contacts with these leaders on a daily basis.

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