Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.jpg
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto
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A new refugee wave is possible and we must protect ourselves, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in Dubrovnik on Friday, explaining why Hungary decided to build a new fence along its border, as announced by Prime Minister Viktor Orban earlier today.

New developments in the Middle East and the region and the challenges with which the EU-Turkey refugee deal is faced show that a new refugee wave cannot be ruled out, he told reporters on the fringes of the Dubrovnik Forum at which migration was discussed as part of a foreign policy panel on global challenges.

We must protect ourselves. The fence was broken through so many times. We must be certain that it won't be broken through from the south, which is the reason for building a new fence, Szijjarto said, adding that the fence must be put up as soon as possible.

Hungary always said during the negotiations on the EU-Turkey refugee deal that this agreement could not be the only instrument because it cannot protect us from a new wave, he said.

Szijjarto said the European Union did not take the necessary steps to protect itself from a migrant tide from the south. Everyone thought the migration was over but it is not, which is why Hungary must get organised to protect itself, and by protecting ourselves, we are protecting the countries north and west of us too, he added.

In the agreement with the EU, Turkey undertakes to keep refugees on its territory in exchange for an acceleration of its accession negotiations, financial aid for providing for refugees, and the waiver of EU visas for its citizens.

During the EU-Turkey negotiations, Hungary underlined that the EU could promise only what it could keep, and Turkey has not met all the requirements for the visa waiver, Szijjarto said.

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