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Jun 03, 2019

Military personnel to help protect southern border

Hungary’s Chief Security Advisor has said the military personnel taking part in the defense of the southern border will enable the reallocation of various police units from the border.

Hungary’s Chief Security Advisor has said the military personnel taking part in the defense of the southern border will enable the reallocation of various police units from the border.

Speaking on M1 television’s Saturday evening current affairs show, György Bakondi said that over the next three months a significant number of police units are required in the interior of the country because of the Maccabi European Games, the Formula 1 Grand Prix, and the peak tourist season at Lake Balaton. “At such times, the presence of police officers is highly important with relation to maintaining public order,” Bakondi said.

“There is an increase being seen along the Balkan migration route. This is also being felt at the Hungarian border, where some 4700 illegal immigrants were apprehended and accompanied back to the border during the first five months of the year,” Bakondi added. “The seven-hundred-person weekly average of the previous period doubled in May, and larger groups are now also attempting to cross the Hungarian border.”

The Chief Security Advisor pointed out that in addition, in view of the critical situation that has developed in the vicinity of the Croatian-Bosnian border, the attempted movements of people from there towards the Hungarian border must also be carefully monitored. “We must be in a state of readiness to reinforce the Croatian border if necessary,” he said.

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