Orban: No deal with Germany

Hungary’s prime minister has dismissed a report that Hungary was part of a group of 14 countries which were ready to sign a deal with Germany on speeding up the re-admittance process of asylum seekers deported from Germany.

Orban told MTI on Saturday that the report was “the usual political bluff” and no such agreement had been reached. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is said to have outlined a number of measures related to illegal migrants, and Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic are supposed to be among 14 countries ready to sign an agreement alongside Belgium, France, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. The bilateral agreements would facilitate the return process for asylum seekers who have previously been registered in other countries.

Bertalan Havasi, Orban’s press chief, told MTI that Hungary’s standpoint had remained unchanged since 2015, namely that not a single asylum seeker can enter Hungary after having set foot in Greece or another EU member state.

Hungary has won time at the end of the European Union summit in Brussels, where migration was a topic on the agenda, Istvan Hollik, the spokesman for the ruling Fidesz alliance with the Christian Democrats said on Saturday. But the political battle is still ongoing, he added. Prime Minister Orban and the other Visegrad Group leaders managed to prevent the compulsory introduction of migrant quotas, the spokesman said at a press conference.

The Visegrad Group succeeded in getting its proposal accepted at the current European Union summit and Hungary will not become an immigrant country, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a video message posted on his Facebook page early on Friday.

There was a threat that migrants from refugee camps would be distributed among European countries, Orban said. “We have managed to thwart this proposal and have our proposal accepted,” he added.

The Visegrad proposal clearly stated that nobody can be transferred from refugee camps to another country without the latter’s consent, he added.

Source and photo: MTI

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