The foreign minister has called for the swiftest possible end to the war in Ukraine, declaring: “We want peace in our region and an end to the suffering of people in Ukraine.”
Speaking at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Péter Szijjártó said Hungary will do all it can for peace to be restored to Ukraine and central and eastern Europe. The minister said he was speaking as a representative of a country “that is confronting massive security risks”. Hungarians, he added, “do not want this war”. “We Hungarians want peace; peace as soon as possible,” he said. “We stand by our Ukrainian friends” and support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, Minister Szijjártó added. “We express our full solidarity with our neighbour,” he said, adding that Hungary trusted in the successful outcome of peace talks. He noted that Hungary had offered a venue for talks. “Naturally, the location isn’t what matters, but that talks should continue,” he said.
The minister said the government had acted in full to protect the country and its people as well as to prevent Hungary from being dragged into the war. Minister Szijjártó noted that the government had decided against sending soldiers and weapons to Ukraine. Nor is it allowing arms shipments to transit the country, he noted, explaining that the lives of Hungarians may be put in danger if such shipments were the target of military attacks.
The minister said the number-one human right was the right to secure and peaceful living conditions. The Ukrainian people have had this right “seriously violated”, he said, noting that many had been forced to leave their homes. Minister Szijjártó noted that in less than a week, more than 100,000 refugees from Ukraine had fled to Hungary. He also noted that all border crossings are open and all Ukrainian citizens and legal residents of Ukraine have been allowed to cross into the country. The lives of the refugees are in danger, he added, and Hungary is one of the first safe ports of call, so it had a duty to help them. He insisted that no parallels should be drawn between refugees from Ukraine and illegal migrants.
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