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Issue of anti-Hungarian incidents in Serbia to be taken to EP

The Serbian Minister of Human Rights and Minorities criticised plans of local Hungarian politicians to take the issue of incidents suffered by Hungarian ethnic minorities in Vojvodina to the European Parliament, a Belgrade daily reported on Sunday. In an interview with Vecernje Novosti, Rasim Ljajic said the majority of incidents did not have an ethnic motive and it is wrong to bring them up in the European Parliament. Human rights is one of the areas where great progress have been made in Serbia in recent years, he added. A European Parliament working team in charge of minority issues will hear Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians Chairman József Kasza in October and Ljajic will also be present at the hearing. On September 12, California Congressman Tom Lantos called upon Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to take immediate action to protect minority rights in line with international norms.