Hungary to present proposal to UN on migration package

Hungary will present a twelve-point proposal to the United Nations concerning its draft package on migration in New York on Monday, the foreign minister told MTI.

The second intergovernmental conference to adopt a global compact for migration will start at the UN on Monday, Peter Szijjarto said.

Szijjarto said he would make it clear at the debate that Hungary will oppose the package until it incorporates all of the government’s proposals. As long as the compact’s basic assumption is that migration is good and unstoppable, “the Hungarian government will in no manner offer any support” for its approval, he added.

The minister said that after Hungary’s intervention, a joint EU standpoint cannot be presented at a conference, because no such common opinion exists. After the groups of countries, Szijjarto will be the first to speak, and he will present Hungary’s 12-point proposal. 

He recalled that last week there have been serious preparations, and “they wanted us to accept that the EU will present a joint standpoint”, but on Hungary’s request, the European Council’s legal department made it clear that a joint standpoint can be presented only if all 28 member states agree with it. “But as there’s no such agreement, the head of the EU delegation and the representative of the EU’s Bulgarian presidency cannot speak today”, Szijjarto added.

In February,  Szijjarto sent an official letter of protest to Federica Mogherini, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, because the EU delegation to the talks on the UN’s global migration package had presented a position that lacked consensus within the EU28 bloc.

“There is no scope for a common EU position on the UN’s global migration proposal package”, Janos Lazar, the minister heading the Prime Minister’s Office said at a press conference last Thursday. The minister said the package would open the Hungarian borders and would allow the organization of immigration not just in Hungary but throughout Europe. He added that the government does not accept the package, fundamental conditions are not satisfied. He said the Hungarian proposals are perfectly clear.

Lazar said there are two documents before the UN and argued that there is agreement on what should happen to refugees and Hungary observes all international conventions. At the same time there is no agreement on the issue of economic migrants, he added. The UN effectively set out to organize migration, would deprive countries of the right to decide who should live in their territories, and would frustrate their obligations regarding the protection of their borders.

The minister said the Hungarian position is that it is a harmful approach and everyone has the right to live in peace and security where they were born. Migration does not benefit anyone, he said.

Source: MTI/Hungary Journal/About Hungary
Photo: MTI


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