Budapest, November 9 (MTI) – Europe’s migration crisis can only be resolved through international cooperation, Interior Minister Sandor Pinter said in Budapest on Monday.
Speaking to the 50 police officers whom Hungary will send to patrol Slovenia’s borders, Pinter reiterated Hungary’s stance that illegal migrants need to be stopped on the Schengen Area’s external borders. He said the Hungarian government “is convinced” that Europe’s current answers to the crisis are the wrong ones, “giving false illusions” to those setting off for Europe and creating tension among European Union and Schengen Area member states.
Pinter said Hungary had already experienced the difficulties the migrant crisis causes and was therefore grateful that the other Visegrad Four countries had sent police officers to help protect Hungary’s southern border. It was for this reason that Hungary was among the first countries to offer help to Slovenia, he said.
The minister told the police that by carrying out their border patrol duties, they would be defending not just Slovenia, but Hungary and the European Union as well.
Pinter said Hungary was the only country to offer a solution to the migration crisis that was in line with EU law and Schengen rules. He said that Hungary was successful in handling the situation because its answer to the crisis was lawful, professional and in line with the principle of proportionality. Pinter asked the officers heading for Slovenia to continue to observe this principle during their service there.
On Monday morning, 50 police officers will set off for Maribor and Murska Sobota (Muraszombat), in northeast Slovenia, with ten vehicles to help their Slovenian colleagues uphold public order and prevent crimes and offences.