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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 25th Anniversary of Signing the Slovak-Hungarian Basic Treaty

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the 25th Anniversary of Signing the Slovak-Hungarian Basic Treaty

19.3.2020 | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

On March 19, 1995, on the eve of the Conference on the Pact of Stability in Europe, Vladimír Mečiar, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic and Gyula Horn, Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, signed the Treaty on Good Neighbourly Relations and Friendly Co-operation between the Republic of Hungary and the Slovak Republic.

 

Today, when we commemorate the 25th anniversary of its signing, we may conclude that the Treaty has supported the promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation in all areas, while the principles of international law have been respected. For both countries, it opened the way to membership in the European Union and NATO and created a complex framework for solving issues related to relations, including issues related to the preserving of the cultural and linguistic identities of the members of ethnic minorities. Also, the Treaty mutually confirmed the territorial integrity as well as the finality and inviolability of the common state borders.

 

The signing of the Treaty was one of the most important foreign-policy acts of the Slovak Republic shortly after its inception. It has stabilized and positively influenced the evolution of the relations with a neighbouring state and nation that has been close to Slovakia historically and culturally.

 

The Slovak Republic continues to be interested in an ongoing reasonable pragmatic policy in relation to Hungary, in the spirit of good neighbourhood relations and cooperation beneficial to the citizens of the both countries.