Szijjarto: Problems of legitimacy raised by UN Sec-Gen’s statement

Hungary’s foreign minister in an interview on Sunday questioned both the content of a recent statement concerning migration by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and whether the act of making it carried legitimacy.

Speaking to public radio, Peter Szijjarto noted that Guterres had referred to migration as an opportunity for strengthening economies, reducing social disparities and linking various societies. The minister said the statement raised problems of legitimacy precisely because the global organisation was currently addressing directives that would be used to manage migration later on.

“We find it unconscionable that the Secretary-General has jumped the gun on such a debate, and essentially declared that the world can be certain of the fact that, on this issue, member states do not in any way enjoy equal standing,” Szijjarto said, adding that the question must be raised as to whether there was any point in taking part in any future negotiations.

He said that, unlike the UN, the Hungarian government wants to prevent and halt migration rather than encourage and organise it. Szijjarto said the situation was grave because the declaration would be political and adopted by the UN General Assembly. It would include, for example, that countries should not criminalise illegal border-crossing and they should loosen immigration rules, he added.

Further, the UN would, in the relevant document, declare that countries that are far away from migration routes should also accept asylum seekers. It would also emphasise the positive role of NGOs. “Hungary continues to hold the view that migration is a bad thing and our primary job is to guarantee the security of Hungary and the Hungarian people,” Szijjarto said.

Fidesz spokesman Imre Puskas told a press conference on Sunday that the ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance rejects the UN’s “migrant package”, which would “give migration green light all over the world”, and would “force these pro-migration proposals upon the countries through international law”. He added that the proposals sound very familiar, “there are many similar thoughts in the Soros plan”. Puskas reiterated that Hungary doesn’t want to become an “immigrant country” and they will suggest the government to put the topic on the agenda and keep in mind that the ruling parties oppose the UN’s “migrant package”.

Source: MTI/Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI

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