Hungarian foreign minister: Confrontation with Turkey not EU interest
Budapest, April 18 (MTI) – The European Union has to avoid all conflicts threatening the agreement on migration with Turkey, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told MTI on Tuesday.
Referring to the Sunday referendum in Turkey which authorised incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to greatly expand presidential powers, Szijjártó said that “all Hungary has to do is to respect the outcome of the public vote”. Answering a question regarding Turkish news of a possible reinstatement of the death penalty, he said that all countries aspiring for European integration should know that the capital punishment is not accepted in the EU.
The EU’s agreement with Turkey, under which the Union is to pay 3 billion euros to Turkey and expects in exchange that the country halts the flow of migrants and refugees towards Europe, has placed the EU’s safety into Erdogan and the Turkish people’s hands, Szijjártó said. Stability and peace in Turkey is the EU’s highest priority, he said.
According to unofficial figures, the referendum closed with 51.34 percent voting in favour and 48.66 percent against the proposed change.