The United Nations’ migration package equals to “betraying Europe” because the plan is “in conflict with the interests of the people”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told a press conference held jointly with Heinz-Christian Strache, the vice-chancellor of Austria, in Vienna on Wednesday.
Szijjarto insisted that the package would pose a “serious danger” for Europe as it is “aimed at legalising illegal migration as a fundamental human right” and said that Hungary would vote against the proposal at next year’s UN general assembly session.
Szijjarto congratulated Austria for not supporting the package either.
The foreign minister requested Austria’s assistance in ensuring legal border crossing between the two countries “possibly through as many crossing stations as possible”.
Strache said that Hungary had set an example in 2015 through protecting the European Union’s Schengen borders. He added that he considered the “Soros-Sargentini report” as invalid and argued that abstentions should have been considered as votes cast in the procedure when the European Parliament adopted the document.
Concerning the UN package, Strache said that Austria disagreed with 17 out of its 23 points. Austria would vote against the package to prevent “bad development”, he said, adding that the line between legal and illegal migration must not be removed. Strache also said that Austria had just extended its border controls by another six months. “As long as the EU borders are not permanently secured, we need to protect our borders ourselves,” he said.
Szijjarto in talks with Austrian officials on moves to tighten border controls
Hungary’s foreign minister met leaders of Austrian towns located along the Hungary-Austria border and discussed their plans to introduce border restrictions. At a meeting in Gyor, in western Hungary, Peter Szijjarto assured local leaders that he would do everything possible to ensure that “the current situation is resolved in a reassuring manner”, according to a ministry statement.
Later in the day, Szijjarto met Hans Niessl, governor of the Austrian province of Burgenland, in Eisenstadt (Kismarton).
Crossing by car to Austria continues to be unrestricted at 29 out of the 39 border crossing points whereas crossing options at the remaining ten will be discussed by a joint working group next week, Szijjarto told a press conference after the meeting.
Hungary has enacted measures to prevent illegal entry, he said, and insisted that Austria would not need to put any further restrictions in place at its borders. The foreign minister said that the two countries have won EU funds to develop five additional border crossing points at one of which preparations for a rail link were under way.
Niessl noted that the implementation of 27 border crossing projects worth 57 million euros was currently under way.
Source and photo: MTI