Deputy Prime Minister and national leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Kelemen Hunor told broadcaster TVR Info that he would prefer Romanian and Ukrainian measurements on the Danube to be undertaken in parallel, and measurements on the Chilia arm to be performed with Romanian ships, equipment and experts, in light of recent controversies regarding Ukrainian dredging activity in the Danube Delta.
„If I were in the position to accept what the Ukrainian side proposes, I would accept teams from both countries to do the measurements on Bystroye, because it’s on Ukrainian territory, but on Chilia I would prefer us to go with our own ships, with our own equipment and experts. And they should be done in parallel, there’s no problem with that. Let the Ukrainians do their measurements with their ships, and let us do the same, then compare the results and see if there is a difference. That’s how it’s done correctly, this is my point of view. Ok, we have taken another step forward and we will see what the results of the measurements are”, Kelemen Hunor suggested.
Kelemen Hunor also criticized the lack of transparency on the Bystroye subject.
„Yes, the fact that they did these works in absence of a permanent and constructive dialogue or – if such a dialogue existed somewhere – with no transparency at all, was absolutely annoying. (…) Subjects related to such situations are extremely sensitive for everyone (…), therefore you need transparency. This is not about strictly secret matters, because we are (…) at the edge of a war zone, you simply have to communicate with your citizens and tell them what is going on. People understand if you come out and explain the whys wherefores of the situation, but if you don’t say anything, all kinds of conspiracy theories emerge”, declared the Deputy Prime Minister.
Asked who these remarks are directed at, Kelemen Hunor said: „At those who managed and are managing this situation” […] And this is not criticism, not even a reproach, but at least let us learn from what happens to us. (…) We are all citizens, but a politician must always be a little more balanced and restrained than an angry citizen,” the UDMR leader added.
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