BELGRADE – Cooperation between Belgrade and Budapest in the midst of the refugee crisis can serve as an example to others, Hungarian Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi has said for Tuesday’s edition of Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti, adding that the fence the Hungarians set up along the border with Serbia will stay there as long as it is necessary.
The fence will not resolve the migrant crisis, but it was necessary to have it put up to honor the Schengen rules and to safeguard the EU borders, Trocsanyi said.
Trocsanyi added that it had turned out that the measures had been effective, as Hungary had hoped they would help reduce the number of illegal migrants to one sixth or perhaps one seventh, but their numbers were now even smaller than that.
Asked how long the fence would stay in place, Trocsanyi said he hoped it would be dismantled as soon as possible, but would be there as long as necessary.
Asked whether Hungary was entitled to send citizens of third countries back to Serbian territory, the Hungarian minister said they had the right to do so and they had had such cases before.
Trocsanyi pointed out that the migrant crisis had clearly shown the necessity of having a joint European approach, stressing that the Hungarian government was adamant that the future of the European Union was unimaginable without Serbia as its member.