Position of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania on the establishment of the parliamentary committee to investigate the property restitutions in Transylvania

13.11.2013 | resolution
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Position of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania on the establishment of the parliamentary committee to investigate the property restitutions in Transylvania

The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) is firmly against the decision of the Prime Minister to establish a parliamentary committee to investigate the property restitutions in Transylvania. „This is simply unacceptable. First of all it is discriminative to talk only about the Transylvanian cases, second of all the restitution process has seized, and this should be of major concern in Romania in 2013.” – pointed out Hunor Kelemen, president of the RMDSZ. 

It is without precedent, that the property restitutions should be supervised by the parliament - that is the duty of the judiciary system. 

 

The RMDSZ states that this action is merely a political maneuver to influence the public opinion. „This is a dangerous direction to take” – said the president of the RMDSZ. It is his belief, that this would question the legitimacy of the entire restitution procedure; it could slow it down or stop it entirely. It could create the impression that a new nationalization process has started.  The individual property owners and the churches stripped of their properties before 1989 could be portrayed now as greedy, and this cannot be farther from the truth.

 

„We cannot let this happen in the modern, 21st century Romania. It cannot start a new nationalization process, and it cannot start investigations in an unlawful manner. We most certainly must not let Romania still be haunted by its communist past 24 years after the fall of that regime. Romania needs to make a meds to hundreds of thousands of persecuted people deprived of their properties” – concluded the president of the RMDSZ.