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Orban warns that Hungary will use force against new migrant wave

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has announced that he will forcefully repel another influx of migrants into Hungary. "If Turkey lets more hundreds of thousands of people go, we'll have to use force to protect the Hungarian border and the Serbian-Hungarian border," Orban said.

Published: October 19, 2019, 8:39 am

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    According to a report by portal Oe24, an upsurge of migration pressure from Turkey to Europe, will thus be met by Hungarian force. The Visegrad Group countries are also ready to renew their help to protect Hungary’s southern border, the PM’s media chief said after a V4 meeting ahead of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.

    Previously, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had threatened to send immigrants to Europe if criticism of his military invasion of Syria did not cease. “If you try to portray our operation as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and 3,6 million people will come to you,” Erdogan said.

    Hungary said it supported Erdogan’s plans to relocate Syrian refugees in a security zone in northeastern Syria.

    Meanwhile, photos and videos from Bosnian Bihac show police escorting migrants from the city to a detention center. According to a report by the Bosnian news broadcaster USKinfo, more than a thousand migrants from Bihac were taken to the Vucjak camp.

    Pictures show columns of people escorted by police. Previously, theories had been circulating on social networks that the Bosnian police could be accompanying the immigrants to the Croatian border.

    Orban asked his counterparts to make arrangements to bolster the Hungarian border guard at the country’s southern border. The Hungarian leader together with other V4 leaders agreed that another migration wave from Turkey would follow if a safe zone for repatriated Syrians was not set up in their country.

    Andrej Babis, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, the leaders of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, respectively, pledged readiness to provide all necessary aid to Hungary, including again sending border guards, said Bertalan Havasi.

    The Hungarian Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with the UN’s Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), will host a conference on radicalisation leading to terrorism on November 7 and 8 in Budapest, the ministry announced on Friday.

    The conference, dubbed Prevention of radicalisation to terrorism: Regional policy responses and risk mitigation, will focus on strategies preventing terrorist narratives, the security challenges posed by fighters of terrorist organisations returning to their homelands, and on involving youth in the fight against extremism, the ministry said in a statement.

    Organisers have invited nearly 130 experts, five permanent members of the UN Security Council, representatives of the European Economic Area, the UN, the EU, Europol, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and NATO, the ministry said.

    The event will comprise three sessions, all of them significant in terms of a priority area of Hungarian foreign policy, namely the Western Balkans, from where several important organisations have been invited, the statement said.

    The conference is one in a series of events being held ahead of the second United Nations High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States, held biannually in June 2020 in New York.

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    • LuciusAnnaeusSeneca

      “Andrej Babis, Mateusz Morawiecki and Peter Pellegrini, the leaders of
      the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, respectively, pledged readiness
      to provide all necessary aid to Hungary, including again sending border
      guards, said Bertalan Havasi.”

      This is a unified position by the Visegrad countries to counter the threat of another mass illegal migrant invasion. We might wonder what preparations the EU is making in case Erdogan realizes his threat to unleash a flood of illegals into the Balkans. Brussels will have to to more than send representatives to the November Budapest conference. This is a pressing issue that requires coordinated, and comprehensive, EU action. So four only four EU members states seem to be concerned about what might happen.

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