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The administrative reorganization of Romania brings the question of Szeklerland inevitably to the fore. Unfortunately the opinion leaders – politicians and journalists as well – are on the wrong way. The correct starting point should be not what the government wants, or one or another party-leader thinks, but the will of the involved local communities. In the case of Szeklerland the people who live here should be asked about what they really want. There are, and there will be politicians, who will try to convince us to accept an “achievable” solution, having in mind their own personal comfort, trying to save effort, by suggesting the community to ask for a solution that is easier to achieve. They forget and try to make us forget as well that Romania’s international commitments, the domestic and the EU-law, but also the international law says, that when delimiting an administrative unit, the will of the concerned population is to be taken into consideration.

Beside this, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities – ratified by Romania – stipulates in article 16, that: The Parties shall refrain from measures which alter the proportions of the population in areas inhabited by persons belonging to national minorities and are aimed at restricting the rights and freedoms flowing from the principles enshrined in the present framework Convention.

Similar provisions can also be found in the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

We have to notice however, that international law cannot protect somebody, who deliberately enters into negotiations regarding his or her rights. If the political leaders of Szeklerland ask for an administrative region consisting of the actual counties Hargita/Hargita, Kovászna/Covasna and Maros/Mures (see annex 2), or even worse, to also add Beszterce-Naszód/Bistrita Nasaud county (annex 3) to the aforementioned counties, than Szeklerland won’t be a victim of the central government, but of the weakness of its own political leaders.

For the Szekler National Council the only acceptable solution is that expressed in 2008 by more than 210.000 inhabitants of Szeklerland: the Szekler National Assembly held in Ditró/Ditrau had marked Szeklerland’s borders (see annex 1), and no one is entitled to modify that.

In Marosvásárhely/Targu-Mures on the 10th of March, the Day of the Szekler Freedom we should declare, that the only reasonable administrative reorganization that is in accordance with the interest and the will of the Szekler people is that Szeklerland should become a separate administrative region within Romania!

Let’s declare that we want autonomy for Szeklerland!

Let’s protest together against the persecution of the Szekler symbols!

We will be successful only if we are single-minded and unified. We have to understand the threats and traps of all the versions of the administrative reorganization, we have to keep our eyes open and don’t let anyone mislead us. We must be consequent in asking always what is in accordance with the interest of our community. This is our right, but also our duty, and the only way that leads us to a fair and equitable future, to autonomy.

 

Marosvásárhely/Targu-Mures, the 17th of February 2013

 

Balázs Izsák

The President of the Szekler National Council

 

Appendices: Szeklerland and the regional reorganization plans

1. Szeklerland region, based on the recommendation of the Szekler National Council. Establishing this region is a non-negotiable precondition for the formation of an autonomous Szeklerland. The proportion of Hungarians in the region: 73.5%.

 

The ethnic constitution of Szeklerland

 

2. Considering Szeklerland as Maros [Mureş], Hargita [Harghita] and Kovászna [Covasna] Counties is a tragic and dangerous misunderstanding. Its proponents speak of Szekler counties, whereas they were created by Nicolae Ceausescu for the explicit purpose of putting Szeklers into an inferior situation, as opposed to the Hungarian Autonomous Province they lived in before. It is foolish and harmful to spread that the Ceausescu county boundaries are unchallengeable . The proportion of Hungarians in the region: 57%. Let’s raise our objection against it on March the 10th.

 

The ethnic constitution of Maros [Mureş], Hargita [Harghita] and Kovászna [Covasna] Counties

 

3. Maros [Mureş], Hargita [Harghita], Kovászna [Covasna] and Beszterce-Naszód [Bistrița-Năsăud] Counties. The latest compromise suggestion of the RMDSZ [Romanian Magyar Democratic Alliance] to Romania’s political leaders. They think that, if the “three-county solution” is not accepted , then should be tried a version where the proportion of Hungarians is lower. What is more important, in this administrative distribution we would clearly become a minority. The proportion of Hungarians in the region: 46%.

 

The ethnic constitution of Maros [Mureş], Hargita [Harghita] Kovászna [Covasna] and Beszterce-Naszód [Bistrița-Năsăud] Counties

 

4. The government’s proposal is to transform the current development regions into administrative units. For the time being, the counties would remain but their jurisdiction would be slowly transported to the regions. The plan of the Ponta administration is a typical model of how to strip rights stealthily. This measure would extend the breach of international commitments; it would erode them in an imperceptible way, to make it barely noticeable to the affected counties. It is the typical method of Balkan dictatorships, putting the emphasis on the appearance, while misleading the world. Romania would abolish Hargita [Harghita] and Kovászna [Covasna] Counties, where Hungarians are in majority with 85%, respectively 74%, and even put Maros [Mureş] County, with its 39% Hungarian population, into a disadvantageous situation. The proportion of Hungarians in the region under this proposal: 29%.

 

The redistribution, which failed in the EU under the NUTS (Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics) initiative, would be raised by the Romanian government to a public administrative level. The sole reason for it in Romanian public opinion: our assimilation and the withering of Kovászna [Covasna] and Hargita [Harghita] Counties.

(Maps shown based on the map of László Sebők.)

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