Orbán’s cabinet rejects the UN Secretary General’s claims with relation to migration
“The Government rejects the UN Secretary General’s statement on migration, because according to Hungary’s standpoint migration must be stopped, not supported”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in a statement to public media.
The politician was asked about the UN Secretary General’s statement, which was published in the press on Thursday, according to which António Guterres said, amongst others, that migration is a “true opportunity, reinforces economic growth, reduces inequalities and connects different societies”.
Mr. Szijjártó highlighted:
“The Government regards the UN Secretary General’s claims, which were also published in the Hungarian press, as unacceptable”.
“It is shocking that the Secretary General is voicing a clearly positive opinion with relation to migration without the backing of a consensus on the part of UN member states, and with relation to which several member states represent an opposite standpoint”, he added. “We reject the fact that the UN Secretary General wants governments to support immigration”, he stated.
“In addition”, he continued, “the Secretary General writes about the need for an ambitious plan for the introduction of migrants, but such a plan already exists; this is ‘George Soros’s plan’, according to which hundreds of thousands or millions of illegal immigrants should be brought into Europe every year”.
“According to the Hungarian Government’s standpoint, immigration is a bad and dangerous thing in view of the fact that there have been some 30 terrorist attacks in Europe over the past one-and-a-half years, claiming the lives of hundreds of innocent people”, he repeated. “We reject the Secretary General’s claims as a member of the United Nations”, he underlined.
“We do not want to live in a mixed society, we do not want Hungary or Europe to be a melting pot for migrants”, he stressed.
“The Government is doing everything possible to stop migration and to protect Hungary”, Mr. Szijjártó said, assuring “every Hungarian” that
Hungary will remain an “immigration-free zone” in future.
The Hungarian Foreign Minister also explained that: “The UN is currently working on directives for global migration, and a statement of this nature raises the question of to what extent the opinion of member states actually matters during the drawing up of these guidelines”.
Source: Press release