Hungary plans to extend the 175-kilometre fence it is building along its southern border with Serbia eastward along part of the Romanian border.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, (pictured above) announced on Tuesday that the decision was made necessary by the fact that the fence may cause “human smugglers” to go through Romania.
Presently the fence ends at the point where Hungary intersects Romania and Serbia.
According to Szijjártó the decision to order the necessary ground work for the erection of a “temporary security border closure” in the form of a 4-metre-high fence along part of the Romanian border was made at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The fence is to be constructed at a “sensible distance” from the Romanian border, says Szijjártó, adding that the government has informed the undersecretary at the Romanian Foreign Ministry for European integration about the preliminary decision.
He said Hungary had done everything in the interest of ensuring it could defend the external Schengen borders, both physically and legally as of Tuesday.
Ever the statesman, Szijjártó called for the various conflicts in the Middle East to be brought to an end so that refugees could return home, and for the West to help fund the reconstruction of Middle Eastern economies devastated by war.
This morning the Romanian Foreign Ministry announced that it was only informed of Hungary’s decision shortly before it was announced, and “it was not a correct step from a political point of view according to European principles.”