Szijjarto: Hungary continues to reject UN migration package

Hungary will not participate in the approval process of the United Nations’ global migration compact in any form and will not consider it binding at all, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in talks coinciding with the UN General Assembly session in New York on Friday.

Szijjarto told public media that he had informed UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo and President of the United Nations General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces about Hungary’s position. As Europe’s response to the migration crisis has been a failure and the response of Hungary and other central European countries a success, forcing the approval of the migration package is the worst thing the United Nations can do, he said.

The global migration compact will only worsen the situation because it will encourage millions of people to set out, risking their lives and paying millions of dollars to the network of human smugglers, Szijjarto said. The compact is based on the false principle that migration is a basic human right, he added. What is a basic human right, however, is that people should be able to live peacefully in their own country and if this is not possible then protection should be given at the closest secure location, he said.

The minister said his schedule for Friday included 12 bilateral talks and that he had signed three bilateral agreements. Accordingly, Hungarian universities will offer scholarship to another 200 students from Mongolia and 25 students from Uruguay. He added that with his Angolan counterpart he had signed a visa waiver agreement for diplomats and those on official trips.

The international community must ensure that persecuted Christian communities in Syria and in other countries could return to their homes, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a roundtable in New York late on Thursday.

In the discussion, held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session and organised in cooperation with the US, the Vatican, the Philippines, Lebanon and Iraq, Szijjarto said that Hungary is a Christian country and takes responsibility for Christian communities in the world. He voiced regret that “those communities in many places of the world are facing complete dispersal”.

Szijjarto said it was in Europe’s interest to build stability in the Middle East, and insisted that “punishing the perpetrators of crimes committed there is a precondition for stability”.

Source and photo: MTI

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