Budapest, September 17 (MTI) – The European Union should with no delay establish a European force that is able to protect Greece’s borders and provide financing for refugee camps in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday.
Hungary is willing to contribute police, soldiers and money to the EU’s joint force. Szijjarto told a press conference after talks with EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.
It also lies in the interest of migrants fleeing from war zones that they be able to wait for the war to end near their home country. It follows that the EU should start financing the refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, and set up new ones there, Szijjarto said if necessary.
The quotas should be applied in these cases, because this is where they make sense, he added.
Avramopoulos asked Hungary to continue cooperation with the EU towards finding a common and lasting solution to the migration crisis which is not expected to be resolved that soon.
The commissioner reaffirmed that “Hungary is not alone”. He added, however, that every European country is living through difficult times when shifting the problem from one country to another cannot be a solution.
Avramopoulos said Brussels does not always agree with Hungary’s measures. For instance, “walls” built along borders are seen only as a temporary solution since they only divert the flow of migrants in other directions, he said.
“There is no wall you would not climb, no sea you would not cross if you are fleeing violence and terror,” he said.
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