Budapest, September 10 (MTI) – Hungary can protect its own and the European Union’s Schengen borders and will prove that ability, Istvan Simicsko, the new Hungarian defence minister, told public television M1 on Wednesday evening.
Simicsko said that Hungary’s defence system can and must be used to prevent a “new type of migration” across the country, compromising the security of its residents.
Asked how the military would be used along the border, the minister said soldiers would assist the police.
“Each army has a basic task, a task in protecting the country, a task to deter, to coerce, or to demonstrate power,” Simicsko said. The military will need to convey the message that those who enter legally, will receive fair treatment, while illegal immigrants will be prosecuted, he added.
The minister also said that early completion of the fence along Hungary’s border with Serbia was of key importance.