Daily News | Apr 23, 2019 | 0
Security for people top government priority, says Orban
Budapest, November 16 (MTI) – Security for the Hungarian people continues to be a top priority for the government, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told public news channel M1 on Monday.
The government “has followed this path” and needs no new directions, Orban said in an interview. He added that cooperation between the government, policy makers and professional (security) organisations “has been okay”.
Orban insisted that Hungary has done all to protect not only its own citizens but those of Europe too, and has also sent police and border patrols abroad to help protect the community’s external borders.
Concerning the influx of immigrants, Orban said that hundreds of thousands of people had arrived “whom we know very little about and some of whom have obviously used the opportunity of massive migration to enter Europe as terrorists”. The danger is “constant and direct”, he said, and added that Hungary will not “take over the risk of terrorism” from other countries by allowing migrants in with no control.
Hungary’s security agencies sent an early warning that “masses are flowing in from countries with which or on whose territories the European Union is at war,” and noted serious security implications, Orban said. He added that Hungary’s building a fence along its southern borders had also involved security considerations.
Orban warned that Europe is “on the wrong path”, and argued that the “dominant position” in Brussels and in leading countries of the EU is that “immigration is generally good and what Europe is now doing is correct and useful”. Whereas it is “obvious”, for Hungary, for example, that “it is not like that”, he added.
“Many are bent trying to convince people that there is no link between immigration and terrorism,” which is “extremely distressing to see”, Orban said, and insisted that Europe’s leaders must change that direction.
Wherever there are many immigrants, “criminal activities will be up, public security down, and life will be more and more difficult”, he said, blaming Europe’s elite for their reluctance to discuss the tendency.
“The whole of Europe’s policy must be reconsidered,” Orban said, and insisted that the community’s borders, its culture, and economic interests need to be protected. The EU should make Greece protect its borders as it “had agreed to when it signed the Schengen agreement”. If Greece cannot do that, a “line of secondary defence” should be defined to check entrants, Orban said.
The Dublin Regulations are “dead”, Orban said, but voiced commitment for the Schengen Agreement. He said it should be retained because it ensures the free movement of labour in Europe. “But only those should be part of that agreement who enforce its terms,” he added.
The prime minister insisted that “nobody has authorised Europe’s leaders to allow hundreds of thousands in without any control”. “It is just a matter of time and residents will make Europe’s elected leaders act as they want them to,” he said.