Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced on Monday, September 19 that Hungary will put forth a Six-Point proposal aimed at tackling the current migration crisis at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told Hungarian new agency MTI on Monday, September 19 that Hungary will put forth a Six Point proposal at a special Migration Summit at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City to address the current Middle Eastern migrant crisis.

In a statement, the Foreign Minister said “Hungary, which has accumulated significant experience during the migration crisis, will be putting forward six proposals at the migration Summit.” "The time has come to debate this issue using common sense rather than having emotionally overcharged arguments,” said Szijjártó. “According to Hungary’s standpoint, we must base our actions on international law [and] international law clearly states that the right to a secure life is a fundamental human right, but arbitrarily choosing a country as a place of residence is not one of the fundamental human rights,” the Foreign Minister said.

“First of all we must handle the causes of migration, meaning we must provide assistance where there is trouble and not bring the trouble here. This is why we must not inspire the 30-35 million people who are in the vicinity of Europe to set out for the continent,” Szijjártó declared. As the second criteria, he explained that “It must be made clear that a wave of migration without any kind of control that leads to the illegal crossing of our borders represents a huge security risk and has given terrorist organizations the opportunity to get their terrorists into Europe, and as a result immigration has led to the highest ever terrorist threat in Europe”.

“Thirdly, we must make it clear that it is the responsibility of every country and every state to protect its own citizens. Accordingly, we must put an end to the hypocritical and often vile accusations that are made against countries that are protecting their own borders, and with them their own citizens,” Szijjártó said, stressing that “It must also be made clear that 90 percent of illegal immigrants have been brought to Europe by criminal organizations and people smugglers, meaning we must continue the battle against people smugglers.”

Hungary’s fifth proposal involves the reinforcement of preventive diplomacy on the part of the United Nations to prevent crises, wars and armed conflicts arising in the vicinity of Europe from further escalation. "We, and especially the Western world, must realize that exporting democracy bears with it grave risks, especially in areas such as the Middle East and North Africa, which are populated by people from totally different religious and cultural backgrounds than for instance in Europe of the United States,” the Minister highlighted.

Szijjártó also noted a seeming increasing disparity of opinion that has developed between the people and the political elite concerning the issue of immigration in both Europe and across the world. “While the political elite of certain countries are susceptible to approaching the issue of immigration hypocritically, the people are increasingly viewing the situation as a security challenge. This is precisely why Hungary is giving the Hungarian people the opportunity to clearly state their opinion on immigration,” said Szijjártó. “The unequivocal decision by the people of Hungary will resound throughout Europe and the world and will make it absolutely clear that from this time forth we cannot ignore the opinion of the people,” added Szijjártó in reference to the national referendum on the compulsory resettlement quota to be held in Hungary on October 2, 2016.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)