FM Péter Szíjjártó: The international community must work with Russia in solving the migration crisis

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Without pragmatic cooperation with Russia and all actors in the Syrian theatre of war solution to the migration crisis and the Syrian conflict can't be achieved said Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó to MTI on Wednesday in New York.

At the UN General Assembly Session, chaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov an open debate began about defeating the terrorist organization and solving ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.

It is time to get rid of illusions and find solution to the migration crisis and the Syrian conflict with actively engaging Russia in the process said the foreign minister.

Due to the fighting in Syria, millions of people fleeing the region; in order to solve the immigration crisis first, we must stabilize the situation in Syria, which, however, can't be done without the active participation of Russia - the transatlantic community should realize that.

All parties involved in the Syrian conflict must take part in the process of finding solution to the conflict.

"Consultations shouldn't focus on the post-conflict settlement in Syria; we must proceed gradually, because the big steps policy doesn't seem to work; the Syrian conflict should be solved in small steps," he added.

Global challenges can be met only if all major players involved in the conflict sit at the same side of the table.

Szijjártó recalled that the Iranian nuclear talks proceeded this way - the German, British, French, American, Russian and Chinese foreign ministers sat at the same side of the negotiating table. The same approach is needed in the case of the Syrian crisis.

"In the meantime, crimes committed in Syria and the Middle East region, including mass killings, or the campaign against Christians must not be left without consequences; therefore, we continue to urge the International Criminal Court to start proceedings against the culprits that committed those crimes in the Middle East war theatre," Szijjártó said.

(MTI –


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