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Dec 20, 2019

Hungary is working to ensure UN migration pact does not become international law

The foreign minister has said Hungary, along with countries such as Poland, is working to ensure that the UN global migration compact does not become a reference point in international law.

The foreign minister has said Hungary, along with countries such as Poland, is working to ensure that the UN global migration compact does not become a reference point in international law.

“What we said last year, after Hungary, the United States, Poland, the Czech Republic, Israel and Brazil rejected the UN global migration package, has come true,” Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said at a UN General Assembly session on human rights. “It was already obvious at the time that the UN, backed by the European Union, would try to implement piecemeal what it had failed to reach in one go.”

The minster added that Since then, the UN has drafted a series of resolutions that referred to the global migration and refugee packages, making repeated attempts to incorporate them into international law as a reference point. “Hungary’s position is clear. The global migration package should neither fully, nor partially form a part of international law,” he said.

Minister Szijjártó warned that the resolutions “being churned out” by the UN portray border defense as a human rights issue. He said that for Hungary, however, border defense is a matter of sovereignty and security, adding that violating borders, and supporting and finding excuses for border violators are unacceptable.

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