Speech by János Áder at the VI. World Congress of the Finno-ugric Peoples
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Participants of the World Congress,
What does kinship mean? It means that we are not alone. It means that there are people, with whom we share a past, a present and a future. It means that there are people for whom we have a responsibility beyond ourselves.
Linguistic kinship is also something like this. It means that we Finno-Ugric people share common roots. Although reconstructing these common roots is a difficult task, thanks to talented academics, linguists, archaeologists and ethnographers, the mist of history is lifting slowly to finally reveal the outlines of many elements of the ancient language and ancient homelands.
Several centuries of tireless research have been invested to achieve these results. We, who have gathered here today for the 6th World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples owe respect to the achievements of scientists of the preceding generations. As the President of the Republic of Hungary, I also consider it my obligation to express my appreciation to not only these great predecessors, but also to you all, who consider the continuation of this work, the development of Finno-Ugristics, nurturing our traditions and our languages to be your vocation.
Common language is not only a gift. It is also an opportunity. It is an opportunity to use, in order to preserve our identity and to develop our culture. It is also an opportunity to better understand and to better know each other and ourselves through it. We Hungarians, who have become, from being a nation constituting a state one thousand years ago, a nation belonging to European culture have always looked upon our language like this.