Hungarian opposition candidate for PM supports cooperation with Serbia

The opposition politician suggested that core words could be learned in six months and that Hungarian students could learn Slovakian, Romanian and Serbian at school. [EPA-EFE/ZOLTAN BALOGH]

The candidate for prime minister nominated by Hungary’s united opposition, Peter Marki-Zay, said that he wants to maintain positive and good neighbourly relations with Serbia.

“I believe that it’s in the best interest of Serbs and the Hungarians living in Serbia that the two states maintain very good relations and steady cooperation and that the two nations cordially accepted and respected each other’s culture. I would go even further, in the sense that I’d like to see young people in Hungarian schools learning more about Serbian culture and language,” Marki-Zay said in an interview for the Magyar Szo portal, a Hungarian language portal in Serbia.

The opposition politician suggested that core words could be learned in six months and that Hungarian students could learn Slovakian, Romanian and Serbian at school.

“It is important to know more about each other’s cultures, to understand what the Orthodox church is, and in what way Orthodoxy differs from Western Christianity. It would be very useful if that understanding was promoted by schools. It’s a dream I have,” Marki-Zay said.

Conservative Mayor of the small town of Hodmezovasarhely, Peter Marki-Zay will be the candidate of six opposition parties in their bid to oust Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year’s elections.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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