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Apr 18, 2017

Hungary's foreign minister said the EU must avoid all conflicts threatening the agreement on migration with Turkey

Regarding news of a possible reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey, Minister Szijjártó said that all countries aspiring for European integration should know that capital punishment is not accepted in the EU

Hungary's foreign minister has said that the European Union must avoid all conflicts threatening the agreement on migration with Turkey.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, commenting on the referendum in Turkey that significantly expanded the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that “all Hungary has to do is to respect the outcome of the public vote”.

According to MTI, answering a question regarding news of a possible reinstatement of the death penalty in Turkey, Minister Szijjártó said that all countries aspiring for European integration should know that capital punishment is not accepted in the EU.

The EU’s agreement with Turkey, under which the Union is to pay 3 billion euros to Turkey and expects in exchange that the country halts the flow of migrants and refugees towards Europe, has placed an important aspect of the EU’s security in the hands of President Erdogan and the Turkish people. Stability and peace in Turkey should be among the EU’s highest priorities, he added.

According to unofficial figures, the referendum closed with 51.34 percent voting in favor and 48.66 percent against the proposed change.