Hungary’s Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover responded to Slovak criticism over an interview with him in the Czech daily Hospodarske Noviny and said that he upheld each remark, on the sidelines of talks in Croatia on Wednesday.
The Hungarian nation cannot give up any of its components; ethnic Hungarians in Slovakia belong to the nation both in a spiritual and a cultural sense, Kover said in the interview published on Monday.
In the interview, Kover also referred to Slovakia’s constructing a water barrage system on the river Danube, through which, he said, Slovakia had relocated the border between the two countries. In the 1990s Hungary made an attempt to resolve the situation through international law, though it could even have used military force, Kover said in the interview.
Slovak Foreign Minister Mikulas Dzurinda said earlier in the day that Kover’s remarks were offensive and inappropriate, they did not constitute even a minor threat as they were motivated by a wish to divert attention from Hungary’s internal and foreign-policy woes.
Richard Sulik, Kover’s Slovak counterpart, said on Wednesday that threatening with military intervention or even implying such a thing were not part of the vocabulary of good neighbours and were unacceptable.