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Feb 09, 2018

Hungary’s FM: Hungary and Poland will not accept any illegal migrants

“As pressure, blackmail and ultimatums mount, Hungarian-Polish cooperation on migration issues is becoming ever stronger and more stable,” Minister Szijjártó said

Hungary’s foreign minister has said that resisting all pressure, blackmail and ultimatums, Hungary and Poland will not accept any illegal migrants.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, held talks with Polish Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski in Warsaw on Thursday.

“As pressure, blackmail and ultimatums mount, Hungarian-Polish cooperation on migration issues is becoming ever stronger and more stable,” Minister Szijjártó said.

Neither country has so far accepted a single illegal migrant; neither will do so in the future, the parties agreed. Poland and Hungary will also refuse to vote in favor of any EU proposal that contains “concrete or abstract proposals for, or even references to, the resettlement quota,” the minister added.

According to MTI, the two ministers also have similar views on the UN’s draft migration package. The minister said the document portrays migration as “basically a good and fundamentally unstoppable process”, and urges destination states to exploit its advantages.

“Our stance is just the opposite: we think migration is bad, a security risk, and that it can and should be stopped,” he said

The minister also commented on the EU’s Dublin IV proposal to use a qualified majority instead of a unanimous vote in the European Council to decide migration policy.

Minister Szijjártó said Poland and Hungary both refused to allow Europe to play “the same foul trick as in 2015.” Then, the European Council voted unanimously to declare “the resettlement quota as exclusively voluntary”, only to change this decision later “at a lower ministerial level,” he said.