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Calls for talks with government at Holocaust remembrance in Hungary, statue plans rejected

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    Participants of the March of The Living walk along at Blaha Lujza square to commemorate victims of the Holocaust in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 27, 2014. It marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Hungarian holocaust during which some 600 thousand Jewish Hungarians were deported to Nazi death camps. The banner reads: "About the past for the future" (AP Photo/MTI, Bea Kallos)The Associated Press

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    Israeli Ambassador to Hungary Ilan Mor, left, participates of the March of The Living to commemorate victims of the Holocaust in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 27, 2014. It marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Hungarian holocaust during which some 600 thousand Jewish Hungarians were deported to Nazi death camps. (AP Photo/MTI, Bea Kallos)The Associated Press

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    Participants of the March of The Living walk along the Rakoczi road to commemorate victims of the Holocaust in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 27, 2014. It marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Hungarian holocaust during which some 600 thousand Jewish Hungarians were deported to Nazi death camps. The banner reads: "About the past for the future" (AP Photo/MTI, Tibor Illyes)The Associated Press

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    Participants of the March of The Living walk along at Astoria to commemorate victims of the Holocaust in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 27, 2014. It marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Hungarian holocaust during which some 600 thousand Jewish Hungarians were deported to Nazi death camps. The banner reads: "About the past for the future" (AP Photo/MTI, Bea Kallos)The Associated Press

Speakers at an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary called for dialogue with the government, condemning its plans for a disputed memorial to Nazi Germany's 1944 occupation.

Thousands took part in Sunday's "March Of The Living" remembrance walk, which was held for the 12th time in Budapest, the Hungarian capital.

Over the past several months, Hungarian Jewish groups have expressed their frustration at what they say are efforts by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government to diminish the role local authorities had in the death of around 550,000 Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust.

Gabor Gordon, an organizer of the march, said the memorial, in which the figure of Germany's imperial eagle swoops down on the archangel Gabriel, symbolizing Hungary, "is unacceptable in its known form."