BUDAPEST – “It has once again been made clear that pro-migration forces want to make the United Nations’ global migration compact, the world’s most dangerous migration document, mandatory,” Szijjarto said on Monday.

At the UN General Assembly’s recent vote on the implementation of the Global Migration Compact adopted last December, 118 countries voted in favour of the document, five against it, with 13 abstentions and 57 countries not voting,

Hungary, the United States, Poland and Israel had already rejected the document last December, and they were joined in the most recent vote by Estonia, the minister said. None of the Visegrad Group countries backed the compact’s implementation, with the Czech Republic abstaining and Slovakia staying away from the most recent vote, he said, arguing that this again demonstrated the strength of the V4’s unity.

Anything approved by the UN becomes part of international law and judicial practice, Szijjarto insisted, underlining the need to fight “pro-migration proposals”.

The minister confirmed that he had reached an agreement with Poland’s Interior Minister and his Estonian counterpart on establishing a warning mechanism enabling their countries to “move against such pro-migration proposals in their early phases, whether they are drawn up in the UN or in Brussels”.

The head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office said on Thursday that Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) would not have been nominated for the post of European Commission president without support from the Hungarian government and the Visegrad countries and she “could not have been elected without the votes of (Hungary’s ruling) Fidesz MEPs”.

Gergely Gulyas pointed out that the new Commission would have to “fix many mistakes left behind by outgoing EC head Jean-Claude Juncker” such as the way the body handled the migration crisis.

He also criticised the EC for delays in increasing the efficiency of border controls and its “failure to reimburse Hungary for its border control measures”.


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