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Jun 08, 2017

Hungary says European Parliament should review measures that exonerate terrorists

“International and European Union organizations must provide concrete replies to the question of whether a terrorist can be exonerated," Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said

The Hungarian government has said the European Parliament (EP) should review measures currently in place that exonerate terrorists.

Calls were made after the EP exonerated the man who threw stones at police at the European border at Röszke, and directed the attack against police using a megaphone.

“International and European Union organizations must provide concrete replies to the question of whether a terrorist can be exonerated," Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said.

The minister has asked that it be made clear to diplomats and international institutions that it is unacceptable for a European institution to exonerate a terrorist for political purposes.

“The EP resolution includes several unfounded claims, including totally absurd ones, the most ridiculous of which is the exoneration of a terrorist. While Europe is having to face increasingly serious security challenges, a standpoint of this kind from the EP is unacceptable," the minister said.

Minister Szijjártó revealed that he had ordered diplomats to initiate proceedings at the relative UN, Council of Europe, OSCE and NATO bodies with relation to the EP resolution.

The minister said the government had received replies stating that these organizations are monitoring developments, but this is insufficient, he added. "This is not what we are expecting from organizations responsible for international security," he said.

He added that these organizations fundamentally operate using the payments received from member states, and so their duty should be to provide real solutions to real problems, and accordingly he has once again asked diplomats to demand concrete answers from these organizations.