BRATISLAVA – Getting ahead of the Trianon centenary

“Trianon cannot become a burden that would prevent Slovaks and Hungarians to look to the future,” Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok said during his visit to Budapest, where he met his Hungarian counterpart, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, according to the TASR agency.

The approaching centenary of the Trianon Peace Treaty (June 4) from 1920 through which Hungary lost substantial territories after the WWI, including those that now form Slovakia is a sensitive issue on both sides of the border.

“Although it is the same history, we see this historic milestone with different eyes. It does not have to unite us, but it cannot divide us,” Korčok said, adding that he expects empathy in the remembrance of the anniversary from Hungary.

Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič plans to invite representatives of the Slovak-Hungarian community in Slovakia on the eve of the anniversary, Korčok informed.

Slovak and Hungarian Ministers agreed that relations between the two countries are in good shape as many projects developing cross border connectivity are underway. 

(Zuzana Gabrižová | EURACTIV.sk

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