Hungary will not participate in the approval process of the United Nations’ global migration compact in any form and will not consider it binding at all, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in talks coinciding with the UN General Assembly session in New York on Friday.
Szijjártó told public media that he had informed UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo and President of the United Nations General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces about Hungary’s position.
As Europe’s response to the migration crisis has been a failure and the response of Hungary and other central European countries a success, forcing the approval of the migration package is the worst thing the United Nations can do, he said.
The global migration compact will only worsen the situation because it will encourage millions of people to set out, risking their lives and paying millions of dollars to the network of human smugglers,
Szijjártó said. The compact is based on the false principle that migration is a basic human right, he added. What is a basic human right, however, is that people should be able to live peacefully in their own country and if this is not possible then protection should be given at the closest secure location, he said.
The minister said his schedule for Friday included 12 bilateral talks and that he had signed three bilateral agreements. Accordingly,
Hungarian universities will offer scholarship to another 200 students from Mongolia and 25 students from Uruguay.
He added that with his Angolan counterpart he had signed a visa waiver agreement for diplomats and those on official trips.