The Hungarian presidential administration published a press release on its website on Friday saying that President Solyom Laszlo's visit to Romania was set for Saturday because Romanian aeronautical authorities have withdrawn permission to land in Targu Mures, Central Romania on Sunday.
The Hungarian President was due to arrive in Targu Mures on Sunday afternoon to attend festivities of the 1848 revolution, according to Romanian news agency NewsIn. Targu Mures is situated in a region where ethnic Hungarians form a majority of the population.
But the manager of the Transylvania Airport in Targu Mures, Stefan Runcan, said on Friday that the president's plane still had the approval to fly and land at Targu Mures on Sunday, according to NewsIn. He said that the Airport was not informed about any change by the Romanian Defense Ministry, the forum responsible with communication in such cases, considering that the plane is a military one.
A political group of ethnic Hungarians in Romania, UDMR, issued a press release on Wednesday accusing Romanian authorities of advising the Hungarian head of state not to come to Romania on March 15.