Szijjarto: Migration can be stopped

Commenting on the start of a debate on migration at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the issue of whether migration is stopped or enabled is what is at stake in the intergovernmental debate on the global migration package.

At a press conference in Budapest on Wednesday, Szijjarto said the four intergovernmental rounds, followed by a decision on the global migration package at the end of the year, were conducted by UN member states the majority of which were either the source of migration or transit countries, so they were interested in organising migration and urged the package’s approval. “Confronting all this is Hungary, which is urging a halt to migration,” the minister said.

Szijjarto said it was regrettable that instead of representing the security interests of EU citizens, Brussels had sought a common position before Tuesday’s debate in support of the organisation of migration. Hungary vetoed this but, unprecedentedly, the EU presented its standpoint as a united one with a view to quashing Hungary in voicing its position, he said.

Hungary’s proposal put forward in the UN is that migration cannot be considered as a positive process and it should be stopped, he said. Further, Hungary rejects the plan to form migration routes and eliminate border protections. It also disagrees with the idea that migration is a fundamental human right. Rather, migration heightens the threat of terror and undermines security, he added. The next debate will be on March 12, he noted.

Contrary to the accusations levelled against central Europe, the region shows solidarity with western states by protecting the external border to the tune of 1 billion euros without any EU financial input, thereby lifting a major burden off Germany’s shoulders. Hungary could have instead spent the amount devoted to border protection on economic developments, he said, adding that the Visegrad states had also donated 35 million euros to protecting the Libyan border.

Szijjarto said Hungary does not accept the notion that political conditions can be imposed on it because it receives grants under EU treaties. The country opened up its market in return for EU support and this benefits western companies which repatriate a large part of their profits made here, he said. Cohesion funds are not generous offerings but contractual subsidies, most of which end up back with the net contributors, he added.

Migration is ‘bad, dangerous and can be stopped’

Hungary’s “rock solid” stance on migration is that it is “bad, dangerous and can be stopped”, the foreign minister said in reaction to an article published Wednesday on the website of the Financial Times which said Germany wants to tie receipt of EU structural funds to help provided to migrants.

The debate in the EU on whether political conditions can be tied to the receipt of grants under European Union treaties has been a drawn out one, Peter Szijjarto told MTI. Several member states – including Hungary – have made it clear that “they will not accept any kind of political conditions or blackmail in this matter because the flow of EU funds is not a one-way street.”

Hungary opened up its market to the European Union, Szijjarto said. Numerous German, French, Italian, British, Spanish and Dutch companies have had major success in this country and numerous German, French, Italian, Dutch and other companies have made huge profits here and repatriated them, the minister said.

He said EU funds were not handouts from western European countries but rather contractual subsidies to which Hungary is entitled.

Source and photo: MTI

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