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Dec 08, 2016

NATO involvement is needed in migrant crisis

NATO is a collective defense body, and Turkey – which is also in a critical situation in terms of migration – is also a member

The security challenges triggered by illegal migration should be met with military responses, which would necessitate NATO involvement, György Bakondi, Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, has said.

According to MTI, Bakondi said that this does not necessarily mean armed intervention, but, for instance, use of the Alliance’s reconnaissance, logistical, training and naval capacities.

He added that NATO is a collective defense body, and Turkey – which is also in a critical situation in terms of migration – is also a member.

He added that, although the onset of winter has caused migration pressure in Europe to ease on the Balkan route, 100–150 people per day are arriving in Serbia, a crisis situation has developed on the Greek islands, and those arriving by sea have also accumulated in Italy.

Migrants are also arriving continuously at the Hungarian borders, and more frequent border violations are mainly being recorded at rail border crossings, Bakondi said.

Bakondi pointed out that there has been an observable shift in the standpoint of Western European politicians. The most recent statement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel also indicates that she is starting to acknowledge the importance of protecting the EU’s external borders, because the great migration wave of 2015 must not be allowed to repeat.

Bakondi underlined that it is in the interests of Hungary that the standpoint of German and Austrian politics also changes in this direction.