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Nov 05, 2018

FM: Hungary rejects UN migration pact

Minister Szijjártó said that Hungary does not support “population exchange between continents” for concerns that “it will lead to the formation of parallel societies and an increased threat of terrorism”

The foreign minister has revealed that the Hungarian government has rejected the United Nations’ comprehensive pact on migration.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the government has left the negotiating table and will not consider its implementation binding, should it be accepted at the December meeting of UN heads of states and governments in Morocco.

In a letter sent to the head of the UN General Assembly, the secretary general of the UN’s migration agency and other top officials, Minister Szijjártó said that Hungary does not support “population exchange between continents” for concerns that “it will lead to the formation of parallel societies and an increased threat of terrorism”.

The US and Austria have also abandoned talks on the package, and the Czech Republic is mulling over the same fate, the minister’s letter noted.

He said migration should be “stopped and not organized”, and help should be provided at the root of the problem, enabling people to live as close to their homelands as possible, and return home at the earliest possible time.

During the UN General Assembly in New York in September, Minister Szijjártó said Hungary insists that the international community respect the sovereignty of individual states as well as their right to prioritise the security of their own peoples.

The minister said the United Nations pact exclusively supported the interests and prosperity of migrants. Instead, it should be addressing the fundamental rights of those who want to live their lives in safety and peace, he added.