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Poland To Deploy Border Guards To Hungary To Help Patrol Under-Pressure Southern Border

By Tamás Székely // 2016.07.12.

Poland will send another contingent of border guards to help patrol Hungary’s southern border, Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Błaszczak said after a meeting with his Visegrad Four (V4) counterparts in Warsaw on Monday.

Varsó, 2016. július 11. Mariusz Blaszczak lengyel belügyminiszter (j) üdvözli Pintér Sándor belügyminisztert a visegrádi négyek (V4) belügyminisztereinek találkozója elõtt a varsói Belwedere államfõi palotában 2016. július 11-én. (MTI/EPA/Jakub Kaminski)

Hungary’s Interior Minister Sándor Pintér (L) and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Błaszczak (R) in Warsaw

Mariusz Błaszczak said that under the current Polish Presidency of the V4, which began on 1 July, the Visegrád Group will continue its endeavours to reduce migration pressure. “Hungary had accepted Poland’s offer of support towards the protection of the Hungarian border, the details of which are still being discussed. We will be sending a contingent that fulfils Hungarian expectations”, he said, without going into further detail.

Hungarian Interior Minister Sándor Pintér said the help Hungary will receive from its V4 partners will allow the country to better enforce its new border regulations that entered into effect earlier this month. With relation to Hungary’s new and controversial border protection system, Pintér said that only 17 immigrants have reached Hungary since its launch. The new border surveillance system “also ensures that more people can submit asylum requests, he insisted.

Last year, Poland sent 55 border guards to Hungary, who were involved in protecting the border for a month together with Hungarian police. Their tasks included guarding the green border, patrolling and monitoring the border on foot and using vehicles, and supporting inland document checks.

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