13:14 03.03.2018

Abolition of Kivalov-Kolesnichenko "language" law shouldn't alarm nation's minorities – Klimkin

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Abolition of Kivalov-Kolesnichenko "language" law shouldn't alarm nation's minorities – Klimkin

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin assures that the national minorities in Ukraine have no reason to be concerned about the cancellation of the so-called "language" law of Kivalov-Kolesnichenko.

"Neither our Hungarians nor Hungary should have concerns about the cancellation of the Kivalov-Kolesnichenko law. And one should not put it in sequence, as they do - first the law on education, then the repeal of the law [Kivalov-Kolesnichenko]. It is not a definite sequence. But this is a consistent desire to make so that Hungarians will have all the chances to realize themselves in Ukraine," he said in Lviv during a Skype conference with local media.

The minister considers correct the abolition of the language law.

"What we should do is a national discussion on how we should resolve this issue within the country. I believe that many authorities should be implemented by joint territorial communities, in simple matters, where they do not concern the Ukrainian language as a state one and national issues of the law," Klimkin said.

Earlier, the media reported that Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto linked the adoption of the law on education with the language article, unacceptable for Hungary, and the abolition of the language law of Kivalov-Kolesnichenko, calling it a "brutal attack" on national minorities.

As reported, on February 28, the party of Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union said that the Constitutional Court of Ukraine had recognized the law "On the foundations of the state language policy" No. 5029-6 (the so-called Kivalov-Kolesnichenko law) as unconstitutional.

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