Nearly no support for Hungarian Left's pro-war stance

Poll shows 95 per cent of the respondents condemn the Hungarian Left's decision to vote against the pro-peace draft proposal put forth in parliament by the party alliance of the ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrats. Submitted on the one-year anniversary of the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war, the resolution adopted at the end of March calls for peace as soon as possible and cautions states against taking any steps that potentially risk the expansion of the war.

POLITICS APRIL 19. 2023 11:51

In the survey, conducted by Optimusz Direkt Marketing Kft, respondents were asked the question: Do you agree with the Left not voting in support of the pro-peace resolution submitted to Parliament by the governing parties?

The question made clear that those who reject the approach of the Left support peace.

The public-opinion poll commissioned by Mediaworks yielded a very clear result, the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet writes.

95 per cent of those who responded want peace, in other words, they disagree with the Left’s position of rejecting the pro-peace proposal. A mere five per cent of the respondents agreed with the position formulated by the opposition.

Optimusz conducted the telephone survey in the past few days, between 6-18 April. The pollster called nearly half a million people, of whom 81 thousand provided their answer to the question.

The antecedent to the research is the pro-peace draft resolution submitted to parliament by the alliance of the Fidesz and Christian Democrats parliamentary groups on the one-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine. The resolution was adopted by parliament with the votes of MPs from the governing parties. Left-wing parties dominated by Ferenc Gyurcsany voted against the pro-peace resolution.

The document points out that the war raging between Russia and Ukraine has been going on for a year and shows no signs of coming to an end any time soon.

According to the Fidesz-Christian Democrats parliamentary alliance, the consequences are dire: The war has already claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and caused the biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe in recent years.

The significance and relevance of the proposed resolution are underscored by the fact that Europe is currently grappling with drifting into war, as the European Parliament calls for additional arms transfers. They also note that EU decision-makers intend to send fighter jets, helicopters, missile systems, tanks, and additional ammunition to the conflict zone.

The pro-peace resolution reflects the Hungarian legislature’s dedication to peace and urges all members of the international community to work towards peace as soon as possible, while avoiding actions that could escalate the conflict.

The ruling parties’ draft resolution condemns Russia’s military aggression and makes clear that they recognise Ukraine’s right to self-defence. At the same time, they stress that no one can force us to put the interests of any country before those of Hungary.

The accepted proposal also points out that the economic sanctions adopted in Brussels have not inhibited the war, nor have they brought the Russian economy to its knees. In contrast, they have caused enormous economic damage to the whole of Europe. The governing parties oppose plans in Brussels to further broaden the scope of energy sanctions. They demand that decision-makers in Brussels should not take steps whose economic detriments outweigh the hard-to-predict benefits. Government MPs argue that it is unacceptable for Europe, including Hungary, to bear the primary economic burdens of the war.

Besides addressing the economic repercussions of the war, the resolution also discusses the humanitarian crisis, the plight of ethnic Hungarians in Transcarpathia, and the military threats. Fidesz-KDNP highlights the fact that the military conflict is severely impacting the Hungarian community in Transcarpathia. As a committed member of NATO and the European Union, Hungary, in its capacity as a sovereign state, will make every effort to promote peace, concludes the resolution.



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