“Everyone should stay away from statements that can increase migration pressure in Europe, because the repeated references to refugee quotas strengthens the business model of smugglers,” Foreign and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó said in Vienna on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press conference following the so-called C5 format of Central European countries (Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia), the minister stressed that the European Union is currently facing extremely serious security challenges.
Photo: Péter Szijjártó/ Facebook
He described Central Europe’s position as one particularly affected due to its geographical location, with war in the east and migration in the south, both threats causing serious difficulties.
It is very difficult to deal with two challenges at the same time, especially when you lack any support from the EU or even the resources you are entitled to,”
the Minister stated.
Péter Szijjártó highlighted the significance of the migration pressure on Hungary’s southern border, which has increased recently. “The government is to face a completely new situation when smugglers and/or migrants use weapons and shoot at Hungarian border guards with automatic weapons. This is the reality,” he stated the situation.
Balázs Orbán, the Prime Minister’s political director, communicated the seriousness of the given issue. He posted on Twitter, stating:
Invasion at the border: Hungary’s fight against illegal migration intensifies. There has been a significant increase in pressure at Hungary’s southern border. Illegal migrants are simultaneously storming various points of the fence in an attempt to divert the authorities’ attention.”
The Hungarian Foreign Minister suggested that migration advocates in Western Europe should visit our southern borders to encounter reality, as due to these attacks on border guards, life is “unbearable” for people in the region, especially on the Serbian side.
If EU politicians came, perhaps they would refrain from further harmful statements,”
minister Szijjártó said.
Furthermore, the Minister expressed his warnings regarding the solution of migration crisis as such: “the sole path to get out of this situation is respecting international law.” He recalled that
as for international law, those who are forced to flee have the right to stay in the first safe country and cannot cross the borders of dozens of states until they reach their desired destination.
Conversely, people who reach the Hungarian border cannot be considered refugees, because they have crossed several safe countries beforehand. Border violations are criminal offenses and should be treated accordingly. “Therefore, we truly hope that in the near future, everyone, including our colleagues in Brussels, Berlin, and other countries, will respect international law, and refrain from statements that increase pressure on the southern border, otherwise we, Central Europeans, will be left to deal with these attacks.”
Via: MTI, Featured Image: Határvadász Facebook.