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A statement released by Romania on recent talks between the Hungarian and Romanian foreign ministers regarding unresolved bilateral issues will make it more difficult to improve ties, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has said.

The statement released by the Romanian ministry cited Szijjártó as having asked “for the decisions of Romania’s judiciary institutions to be ignored and for the state to interfere in the justice system” during talks with his Romanian counterpart Teodor Meleșcanu, Hungary’s foreign ministry said. The ministers met on the sidelines of an informal meeting of OSCE foreign ministers in Slovakia on Tuesday to discuss Romania’s recently adopted administrative code and developments at a recent commemoration in the Valea Uzului (Úzvölgye) military cemetery. Meleșcanu was quoted in the statement as having said that the government could not interfere in the decisions of the judiciary, citing the principle of the separation of powers.

Szijjártó called on the Romanian parliament and government to do everything in their power to create the legal conditions for Romania’s minorities to exercise their rights. Further, he said, no one should be allowed to slap “exorbitant fines” on members of national minorities just for the use of their symbols.