Reflecting on the 'Komárom Assembly' with Katalin Szili

Katalin Szili highlighted that during the Komárom Assembly on January 8, 1994, 3,500 legitimate representatives of the Hungarian minority in Slovakia outlined the principles of self-determination, emphasizing the need for self-government. The assembly's resolution encapsulated political and self-governance rights, administrative and territorial reorganization methods, and the desired constitutional status for the Hungarian people.

A crucial aspect of the declaration was the call for community status, advocating for Hungarians in Slovakia to identify themselves as a national community. The statement underscored the rights of the Hungarian community to self-determination and internal self-governance within the state, aligning with the European principle of subsidiarity.

Participants emphasized the need for special status in regions with a significant Hungarian population to safeguard their identity. They called for the legal enshrinement of the system and powers of minority self-government and expressed their commitment to continuing as initiators of Slovak-Hungarian reconciliation. Szili reflected on the ongoing relevance of these issues, stating that even after thirty years, many questions remain unanswered.

According to Szili, achieving the goals of preserving the survival and identity of the Hungarian nation requires united and consistent action through dialogue. She emphasized that it is now the responsibility of majority and minority communities, along with their leaders, to transform legitimate aspirations into a shared will, ensuring a genuine reconciliation for future generations.
Valentina Manning

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