During a United Nations Security Council debate in New York, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the international community must do everything possible to restore peace in Ukraine, as this is the only solution to the problems caused by the war in the country. The war that broke out 146 days ago has brought suffering not just to Ukraine but also to its neighbors and the whole of Europe, Minister Szijjártó said in the high-level open debate on Children and Armed Conflict.
Though the armed conflict is causing high inflation, uncertainty around energy supplies and even threatens a global food crisis, “those who lose the most because of this war are definitely the children”, Minister Szijjártó said. Children “definitely lose the enthusiasm of their childhood, and their entire future, or at least a big part of their future, is at risk”, he said, adding that the war causes “enormous physical and mental suffering for the children”. The minister noted that Hungary has taken in 840,000 refugees since the outbreak of the war, most of whom are mothers and children who have had to leave their fathers behind because of the conscription rules in force in Ukraine. Hungary is using every means available to help the refugees, and has launched its biggest ever humanitarian operation, Minister Szijjártó said, adding that Hungary takes in and looks after all refugees.
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