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PM Viktor Orbán On Paris Tragedy: “It Is Still Time For Mourning”

Tamás Székely 2015.01.09.

The government must aim to make sure the country is secure in an insecure world, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in his regular Friday morning interview given to the public radio. Citing a report made by Hungary’s anti-terrorism police forces (TEK), he confirmed that there was no direct threat in Hungary at the moment. “For the time being it is not worth speaking on the voice of reason, it is still time for mourning”, he said in connection with the terrorist attack on the headquearters of Paris-based satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Viktor Orbán also offered his condolences in a telegraph to President Francois Hollande. “The Prime Minister condemns the terrorist outrage committed in Paris on Wednesday. Nothing can justify this ruthless attack and inhuman violence. The Hungarian Government expresses deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and to the French people, and wishes prompt recovery to those injured”, the statement released by the PM’s Office said.

Besides addressing the terrorist attack in Paris, Viktor Orbán has also talked about the upcoming visits by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin to Budapest, portfolio.hu reported. While Angela Merkel’s visit to Budapest has been scheduled for a specific date, with a specific programme, Putin’s visit is on the agenda but there is no date set for it. As regards the new and extended e-toll system put into effect on 1st of January this year Viktor Orbán said he has acknowledged that people are irritated by the new burden. However it is the trial month for the new system and proposals to change it will be considered, he said.

via MTI, kormany.hu and portfolio.hu photo: Péter Kollányi – MTI