The United Nations should step up efforts to establish peace in Ukraine and achieve a ceasefire agreement, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in New York on Wednesday. Szijjártó added Hungary has offered to treat Ukraine’s wounded soldiers. He also called for stepping up humanitarian support, noting that Hungary has sent over 1,000 tonnes of aid to Ukraine.
Given that every minute of the war in Ukraine poses a security risk to Hungary, it is critical to end the bloodshed as soon as possible, the foreign ministry cited Szijjártó as saying at a session of the UN General Assembly on the financing of peacebuilding activities.
The war is becoming increasingly brutal, as can be seen in the number of casualties, the “tragic images” coming out of Ukraine and the growing number of refugees, Szijjártó said, adding that
Hungary had taken in over 640,000 refugees from Ukraine so far.
Hope is starting to fade, the minister said, adding that one of the last rays of hope was that the UN could play a greater role in establishing peace, a ceasefire agreement and in making the peace talks more successful.
Szijjártó expressed support for the UN secretary-general’s proposal to set up humanitarian contact groups and stressed the importance of humanitarian corridors. “Hundreds of thousands of people are dying.
It is time to put an end to this war,”
Szijjártó said, adding that the UN’s peacebuilding capabilities should be put to better use.
He said Hungary has offered to treat Ukraine’s wounded soldiers. He also called for stepping up humanitarian support, noting that Hungary has sent over 1,000 tonnes of aid to Ukraine. He said the International Committee of the Red Cross was coordinating its humanitarian activities from Hungary, as it can operate securely in the country thanks to Hungary’s ban on the transit of weapons deliveries through its territory.