Speaking in New York on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said children are the ones who lose the most because of the war in Ukraine, adding that though Hungary was doing everything it could to “ease the pain” of Ukrainian children, the real solution would be peace.
Hungary has taken in some 840,000 refugees from Ukraine since the outbreak of the war 146 days ago, the foreign ministry cited Minister Szijjártó as saying ahead of a United Nations Security Council debate on “Children and Armed Conflict”. Because of conscription rules in force in Ukraine, most of those coming to Hungary are families that have been torn apart, mothers and children, Minister Szijjártó said. Hungary is doing everything it can to ease the pain of the children suffering from the war, the minister said, noting that Ukrainian parents who choose to stay in the country for a longer period are offered jobs, while their children are provided schooling and healthcare.
“Peace is the only solution and peace is the solution to everything,” Minister Szijjártó said. “Peace is the solution to curbing wartime inflation gripping our European economy. Peace is the solution to the uncertainty of our energy supply in Europe. Peace is the solution to preventing a food crisis.” “And peace is also the solution to ending the suffering of children so that families can be reunited and no more children will be forced to flee,” he added.
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