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Feb 21, 2018

Hungary's FM: The issue of whether migration is stopped or enabled is what is at stake in the intergovernmental debate on the global migration package

Hungary believes migration heightens the threat of terror and undermines security, the foreign minister stressed

Hungary's foreign minister has said the issue of whether migration is stopped or enabled is what is at stake in the intergovernmental debate on the global migration package.

Péter Szijjártó made the remarks following the start of a debate on migration at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Minister Szijjártó said the four intergovernmental rounds, followed by a decision on the global migration package at the end of the year, were conducted by UN member states interested in organizing migration and urged the package’s approval. “Confronting all this is Hungary, which is urging a halt to migration,” he said.

Minister Szijjártó added it was regrettable that instead of representing the security interests of EU citizens, Brussels had sought a common position before Tuesday’s debate in support of the organization of migration. He said Hungary vetoed this but the EU presented its standpoint as a united one with a view to quashing Hungary in voicing its position.

Hungary’s proposal put forward in the UN is that migration cannot be considered as a positive process and it should be stopped, he said. He added that Hungary rejects the plan to form migration routes and eliminate border protections. He said the country also disagrees with the idea that migration is a fundamental human right.

Hungary believes migration heightens the threat of terror and undermines security, the foreign minister stressed.