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Dec 15, 2017

PM Orbán: Still no agreement on the issues of resettlement and immigration at EU leaders summit

“We managed to maintain our post, but failed to convince our opponents. The dispute has not finished, the judge has suspended the dispute. There will be a few weeks’ break now. We are going to meet again in March, and we shall continue the struggle around the issue of immigration," PM Orbán said

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said there is still no agreement on the issues of resettlement and immigration at the EU leaders summit in Brussels.

“This was a struggle, a kind of political grappling. The good news is that we agreed on the so-called external issues of migration: protection of the borders and stopping migrants outside the borders. The bad news is that we still disagree on the issues of resettlement and immigration," the prime minster said.

"There are still many – big and strong ones – who do not want to stop migration, but want to bring migrants into Europe and to then distribute them on a mandatory basis. Consequently, they also want to settle aliens, migrants into Hungary, despite the fact that we do not want this at all," the prime minister added.

PM Orbán said in a video message on Facebook that “the Central Europeans fought well, the Polish, the Czechs, the Slovaks, the Slovenes and we too”.

“We managed to maintain our post, but failed to convince our opponents. The dispute has not finished, the judge has suspended the dispute. There will be a few weeks’ break now. We are going to meet again in March, and we shall continue the struggle around the issue of immigration," PM Orbán said.

The prime minister added that the two-day EU summit will continue on Friday morning, but the agenda of the second half of the meeting will only feature economic and financial issues.