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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The Turkish military operation in northeast Syria and its consequences (debate)

  Márton Gyöngyösi (NI). – Madam President, many references here were made to the lack of unity in the European Union and the failure to even release a common resolution, a declaration condemning Turkish aggression. Firstly, as it was Hungary that vetoed this common declaration, as a Hungarian I think I must apologise and make it extremely clear that, when Viktor Orbán speaks on behalf of Hungarians, then it must be rejected. I can assure you that it is not in the interest of Hungarians or of Hungary to support any aggression, wherever it may be. No, it is not in the interest of Hungarians, and as far as the Turkish military action is concerned, we must understand Turkish security concerns, but we also have to make it clear that there is no military solution to this problem, only political and diplomatic. This aggression only further destabilises Syria, diverts attention from fighting terrorism and exacerbates the migration crisis.

There were questions asked about where the European Union is. We have been standing by and watching as our neighbourhood was destabilised in North Africa and in the Middle East. We must place Europe back on the map and make it more visible before other dominant powers take over control.

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