Opposition Párbeszéd calls on foreign minister to resign over Gruevski affair
Opposition Párbeszéd has called on the Hungarian foreign minister to resign over the case of former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, who is seeking asylum in Hungary, the party’s spokesman said on Sunday.
The circumstances of Gruevski’s arrival in Hungary have not been properly clarified since the affair came to light five days ago, Richárd Barabás told a press conference held in front of the foreign ministry.
He said it was unclear “why the Hungarian government helped Gruevski flee” his home country and has stopped short of extraditing the Macedonian politician to his home country so that he may start his prison term in line with domestic and international law.
Under a 1969 decree, Hungary must extradite Gruevski, who is wanted on an international warrant, to Macedonia since he entered the country without a passport, said Barabás.
Responsibility lies with the government, including the prime minister and the head of his office, he said. But it is the foreign minister who should resign since, according to press reports, members of Hungarian embassies in Tirana and Montenegro assisted Gruevski and were “actively involved in brining Gruevski to Hungary”, he added.
Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó was no longer fit to represent Hungary in international affairs since he had breached several international and Hungarian laws by allowing “a criminal to be smuggled” into Hungary.