Appeal of the UWC to the Prime Minister of Hungary regarding the elections of the National Ukrainian Minority Self-Government
January 17, 2011
APPEAL OF THE UKRAINIAN WORLD CONGRESS TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF HUNGARY REGARDING THE ELECTIONS OF THE NATIONAL UKRAINIAN MINORITY SELF-GOVERNMENT
On January 17, 2011 the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) expressed its concern to Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban that the elections of the National Ukrainian Minority Self-Government in Hungary held on January 9, 2011 could undermine the representation of the Ukrainian minority and jeopardize its effective participation in public life.
According to a UWC member organization, the Association of Ukrainian Culture in Hungary, in several cases the electorate voting and the candidates running for the National Ukrainian Minority Self-Government are not part of the Ukrainian community and do not preserve the Ukrainian language, culture and traditions.
“The Ukrainian World Congress calls upon the Prime Minister of Hungary to urgently appoint a senior government official to verify whether the electoral process, including the elections of the National Ukrainian Minority Self-Government in Hungary, was conducted in accordance with the fundamental principles governing such elections, and if not, to take approriate measures to rectify the situation,” stated UWC President Eugene Czolij.
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