Budapest (MTI) – Hungary welcomes part of a proposal by Germany in connection with the migration crisis, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told MTI on Tuesday.
The minister said Hungary supports the proposal to provide financial assistance to Turkey and countries neigbouring Syria which take in refugees. The government also agrees that it is essential to secure a ceasefire in Syria and bring civil war to an end and the involvement of the United States and Russia is imperative to this goal.
At the same time, Hungary maintains its disagreement with the German position to set up hot spots in Hungary’s territory for registering migrants. Hungary is not the first EU country that the illegal migrants entered on their way on the western Balkans route, given that they previously passed through Greece, he added.
Hungary’s government rejects the approach whereby “Greece’s incompetence is resolved by passing its obligations to Hungary”. He cited the Dublin Agreement which states that migrants must register in the first EU country they enter. Athens is failing to do this job, he added.
In order to resolve the situation, Brussels should set up a joint force that can protect the borders of Greece, which represent the external borders of the EU. This would be the most efficient response to resolving the crisis and “Hungary is ready to make a substantial offer in this regard,” he said.