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Interior minister, US ambassador visit Gyöngyöspata

Interior Minister Sándor Pintér and US ambassador to Hungary Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis visited north Hungary's Gyöngyöspata, the site of recent friction between radical nationalists and the local Roma community.

After talks with local leaders, the ambassador told a press conference that the US would send law enforcement trainers to share with Hungarian police their experiences gained in a multicultural environment. She said she hoped this would contribute to the easing of local tensions. She also said the Hungarian government's earlier reaction to prevent the situation from escalating had made a good impression.

Pintér said the government could ensure public order through its police force, but "peace must be created by local residents". He added that the current situation must not be allowed to continue.