On June 26, 2019, a professional consultation took place in Bucharest between the military representatives from Romania and Hungary, on the theme of the International Heroes Cemetery in Valea Uzului.
After this round of talks, the head of the Hungarian delegation, Colonel Vilmos Kovacs, commander of the Hungarian Institute and Military Museum from Budapest, subordinated to the Hungarian Ministry of Defense, stated that “it became clear to the Romanian side that the Orthodox crosses placed by The Dărmăneşti Town Hall came to stand above the remains of Hungarian soldiers who served in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy’s army, and the Hungarian side demanded the cessation of this serious profane situation. ” Afterwards, the Ministry of National Defense of Romania released the following statement:
Regarding the working meeting on Wednesday, June 26, in Bucharest, organized at the level of experts between representatives of the Romanian side and those of the Hungarian side for the analysis of issues of common interest in the graves and war memorial works, the Romanian side notes with regret the talks by the representative of the Militard Institute and Museum in Hungary on the situation of the International Heroes Cemetery of the Valea Uzului.
As such, in order to ensure full and accurate information of the public opinion, the Press Office of the Ministry of National Defense is empowered to make the following points: The meeting between the National Office for the Heroes’ Cult (ONCE) and the homologous institutions in Hungary aimed, among other things, discussing all the factual and legal circumstances concerning the International Heroes Cemetery of the Valea Uzului and presenting the solutions envisaged to ensure a heroic honor of the heroes, regardless of nationality, buried in this necropolis.
During the talks, the Hungarian side argued his position by referring exclusively to a 1917 sketch of another cemetery, which was extended in 1926 by the Heroes’ Cult Society, which at that time operated in the Romanian state, and, subsequently, in 1944, by the re-burial of heroes of different nationalities fallen in the battles waged around in the context of the First and Second World Wars.
The undisputed archival evidence of the multinational character of the Cemetery of the Valea Uzului was presented by the Romanian side during the discussions, thus dismissing any allegations regarding the so-called profanation by the local authorities in Darmanesti of any plot where the Austro- Hungarian were.
Equally, the Romanian side rejected as unacceptable the suggestion of the Hungarian side to provide technical expertise exclusively to the parcel where the concrete crosses were recently installed, showing that it is considering organizing technical inspections at the level of the entire International Cemetery with the participation of the representatives of all the states whose heroes are resting in this cemetery, including Hungary.
The Romanian side remains engaged in an open and honest dialogue with the Hungarian side but can not agree with the false statements nor with the instrumentalization of technical meetings in which the Romanian side has engaged in good faith in the desire to find a solution and to de-stress the situation, to justify Hungarian national policy objectives.