Fwd: RFE/RL: Romanians Feel 'Marginalized' in Covasna, Harghita Counties


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Fwd: RFE/RL: Romanians Feel 'Marginalized' in Covasna,
Harghita Counties


RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 5, No. 154, Part II, 15 August 2001
 
ROMANIANS FEEL 'MARGINALIZED' IN COVASNA, HARGHITA COUNTIES.
Ethnic Romanians living in Harghita and Covasna counties, which have
ethnic Hungarian majorities, complained during debates at Izvorul
Muresului Summer University that all Romanian governments in the last
10 years have neglected their problems and that they feel
"marginalized" and "discriminated against" by the Hungarian majority,
Romanian Radio reported. The Izvorul Muresului Summer University,
which closed after two days of debates, is largely a response to the
Balvanyos Summer University, where Hungarians from Romania, Hungary,
and other countries gather every year. Participants said an attempt
should be made to hold the two gatherings jointly and transform them
into "a real and honest forum of interethnic communication."
Participants from Serbia and Bulgaria complained about discrimination,
saying that Belgrade and Sofia refuse to recognize them as
"Romanians," considering them "Vlachs" (an indigenous rural people
speaking a Romance language) instead. Moldovan Popular Party Christian
Democratic leader Iurie Rosca complained about the policies of
"de-Romanianization" underway in Moldova. MS

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