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Oct 17, 2019

Hungary hosts military exercises aimed at tackling migrant crisis

Tibor Benkő said illegal migration continues to be one of the biggest threats facing Europe. This is proven by the number of countries taking part in the Cooperative Security 19 (COOPSEC19) exercise, he added.

Hungary is hosting the Central European Defense Cooperation’s international military exercise aimed at managing the migrant crisis.

Tibor Benkő, Minister of Defense, said illegal migration continues to be one of the biggest threats facing Europe. This is proven by the number of countries taking part in the Cooperative Security 19 (COOPSEC19) exercise, he added.

According to MTI, the exercise is being attended by some 500 military and law enforcement officers from Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Poland. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia have delegated observers.

Today’s final day of events will be attended by the defense ministers and chiefs of staff of the participating nations.

“The Hungarian government’s position on migration is unchanged,” Minister Benkő said. “The problems that make people leave their homelands should be dealt with where they arise.”

The Minister noted that some 2,000 Hungarian soldiers take part in international peacekeeping missions each year with a view to preventing people from having to flee their homelands.

“Our job is to preserve the values, customs, traditions and culture established by our forebears,” Minister Benkő said.