The Romanian government has denied permission for the remains of ethnic Hungarian Jozsef Nyiro to be taken from Hungary to Romania on a special train of pilgrimage, organisers told MTI on Tuesday, referring to information from Romanian state railways headquarters in Bucharest.
Organiser Oliver Frater said that all events around the late author’s planned re-burial in his native Odorheiu Secuiesc in central Romania involving railway services in the country will be cancelled.
He added that organisers were expecting “information through the usual diplomatic channels” from the Romanian government, and find a way to transport Nyiro’s remains to Romania.
The ashes of the author, who died in Madrid in 1953, have been brought to Hungary at the initiative of Hungary’s parliament.
Nyiro’s coffin is planned to be laid in state at Budapest’s National Cemetery on Wednesday, then to be taken to Romania – as originally planned, on a train of pilgrimage.
The re-burial ceremony is planned to take place in Odorheiu Secuiesc on May 27.