Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto on Friday harshly criticised the Croatian government's conduct in the current migrant crisis accusing it of lying about an alleged agreement between Croatia and Hungary on the transport of migrants and refugees from Croatia to Hungary.There is no agreement between Croatia, Hungary on transport of migrants, says Szijjarto
We never reached such an agreement and I ask Croatian authorities to stop spreading lies, Szijjarto told reporters in Belgrade after meeting with Serbia's ministers of foreign and internal affairs, Ivica Dacic and Nebojsa Stefanovic, respectively.
The Hungarian minister criticised Croatia for transporting refugees by bus to the Hungarian border without previously registering them and providing them with appropriate assistance and for saying that it had been agreed with Hungarian police.
Croatia on Friday sent hundreds of migrants by bus to the border with Hungary, after which Hungarian authorities transported them by bus to two registration points in Szentgotthard and Vamosszabadi near the border with Austria.
The Hungarian minister resented Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic's criticism of Hungary and his comparing the developments in Hungary with the darkest historical events of the 20th century.
He attacked Hungary because we allegedly did not treat migrants appropriately, and despite alleged preparations, the system for the reception of migrants in Croatia collapsed yesterday. The Croatian Prime Minister should have used the time he spent attacking Hungary to make it possible for his country to withstand the migrant wave for two more days, Szijjarto said.
He went on to say that the Croatian government was now busy transporting refugees to the Hungarian border instead of providing them with accommodation and appropriate care.
What kind of European solidarity is that, he wondered, claiming that Croatia was not complying with regulations and was encouraging migrants to commit a criminal offence by illegally crossing the border.
He explained that his country was erecting a 40-kilometre-long fence along the border with Croatia to reduce or prevent illegal border crossings and that the fence it had put on the border with Serbia had nothing to do with Serbia and that Hungary had been forced to do it to prevent illegal entries into its territory.
Serbian Foreign Minister Dacic said after talks with Szijjarto that the two countries' foreign ministries would assess on Saturday if conditions had been created to reopen the border crossing of Horgos, which was closed after a clash between Hungarian police and migrants trying to enter Hungary from Serbia.
Dacic said this was the first concrete move by the two countries aimed at normalising the situation regarding the migrant crisis, the Belgrade media reported.