Hungarians blocked transfer of Finno-Ugric movement headquarters from Finland to Russia

Members of the International Consultative Committee of the Finno-Ugric Peoples (ICCFUP) from Hungary have refused to agree for transfer of Finno-Ugric movement headquarters from Finland to Russia. Media-centre FINUGOR reports by the information of Alexey Tsykarev.

The session of ICCFUP which is an executive body of World congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples passes in Petrozavodsk on April, 5th. On the agenda the Committee office topic is brought out. It was already discussed on V World congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples in Khanty-Mansiysk, 2008. At delegation voting only from nine peoples have supported moving of headquarters to Russia, and different offers, including Saransk and Syktyvkar at once have sounded; 14 delegations have supported to leave all as is.

The director of department of a national policy of the ministry of regional development of the Russian Federation Alexander Zhuravsky has declared in Petrozavodsk that in Khanty-Mansiysk the president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev spoke about a rotation principle concerning headquarters problem. Zhuravsky has suggested to return to consideration of this question to take out on the congress in the Hungarian city of Shiofok in 2012 the ICCFUP coordinated position. Some of the Committee members from Finno-Ugric Peoples of Russia supported this initiative.

Members from Finland have diplomatically refrained from the position statement by this point in question consideration. Hungarians and other members from Russia, however, have sharply objected to carrying over. «The headquarters perfectly functions in Helsinki and it is not necessary to transfer it to Russia», – the ex-ambassador of Hungary in Russia Gyoergy Nanovsky has underlined.

As procedure of decision-making in ICCFUP is based on the consensus pattern, the initiative of the Russian ministry has been rejected. However consultations on this question will proceed.

Source: Media-centre FINUGOR

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