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Hungary To Set Up 40-strong NATO Integration Unit In Székesfehérvár

Tamás Székely 2015.02.06.

The Hungarian defence minister has proposed that NATO should set up a 40-strong integration unit in Hungary. Csaba Hende attended a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels. Speaking to Hungarian reporters, Hende said that half of the NATO Forces Integration Unit (NFIU) staff would come from other NATO countries while the rest would come from the Hungarian armed forces.

Hende proposed the city of Székesfehérvár in western Hungary as a prospective location and said that the government would provide an upgraded facility for the purpose. “This unit would serve Hungary’s security; it would not be directed against any country and it would not violate in a legal or political sense the NATO-Russia agreement of 1997,” the minister said.

Hende also noted that establishing such a unit would make the country’s defence systems more efficient and it would ensure a smoother cooperation with NATO. NATO made a decision earlier on creating a 5,000-strong unit which can be deployed rapidly, in 48 hours. A decision was also taken on setting up integration units to help facilitate the deployment of rapid forces in a particular region.

via kormany.hu and hungarymatters.hu photo: Lajos Soós – MTI