Laszlo Kover – Photo: MTI

Speaker pays tribute to Vojvodina Hungarian leader

Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover on Tuesday expressed his condolences over the recent death of Istvan Pasztor, head of the parliament of Vojvodina province in Serbia and leader of the ethnic Hungarian VMSZ party.

In a message to Pasztor’s son, Balint Pasztor, Kover referred to the deceased politician as “a revered representative of Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin … who was an example to us all of perseverance and commitment.”

Pasztor worked to ensure education in Hungarian, a multitude of developments and preservation of historic monuments in his homeland, as well as to promote civilised political dialogue between Hungary and Serbia in the interest of preserving the rights of ethnic minorities, Kover said. He noted Pasztor’s achievements “in the process of a historic reconciliation between the Serbian and Hungarian nations.”

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