Szijjarto in UN: Threat of third world war has never been greater
In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Szijjarto said global security was in its worst shape since the end of the second world war, and that the threat of a third world war had never been as great as it was now. The UN, he added, must therefore spearhead all counter-terrorism and peace efforts.
According to a ministry statement, Szijjarto also spoke out against the re-emergence of geopolitical blocs, saying that the longer it takes to settle the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East, the greater the chance of a return to a world of blocs would be. Central Europe and Hungary already lost out on such a divide in the past, he said, urging connectivity and mutually beneficial cooperation.
Szijjarto said this required bringing back mutual respect into international politics. This, he added, was key to turning “an age of dangers” into “an age of peace and sustainable development”. He said the UN needed to take the lead in this effort.
The minister said Hungary wanted the war in Ukraine to come to an end as soon as possible and the anti-terror operations in the Middle East to be successful. The UN’s most important responsibility, he said, was to stand up for peace and aid the success of the fight against terror.
Szijjarto also warned against the risk of escalation in both conflicts. He said that if just one other country got involved in any of the two conflicts, “these conflicts will not be stopped at the border of that given country” and the threat of a regional or global war would become realistic.
The minister said the success of the counter-terrorism operations in Gaza was a global interest.
Szijjarto said the more countries supplied weapons to Ukraine, the longer the war would last, the more casualties and the greater destruction there would be.
The minister expressed hope that the voice of the “global pro-peace majority” could grow louder and louder in the UN against the “war psyche” of the transatlantic world.
“You can count on Hungary as a true ally when it comes to standing up for peace, when it comes to saving the lives of people and when it comes to fighting terrorist organisations,” the minister said.
UN’s main task to prevent escalation in Ukraine, Middle East
The most important responsibility of the United Nations right now is to prevent an escalation in the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, Szijjarto said, adding that Hungary was prepared to assist in all peace efforts.
Speaking before a meeting of the UN General Assembly, Szijjarto said global security was at its worst since the second world war, and that the threat of a third world war had never been greater. The UN, he added, must therefore spearhead all counter-terrorism and peace efforts.
He said the UN had been established to serve as a platform between hostile nations. “And we want the war in our neighbouring country to end as soon as possible, and for the counter-terrorism operation in the Middle East to succeed,” Szijjarto said. “So the UN’s main responsibility right now is to take a stand in the interest of peace and help efforts against terror succeed.”
The minister warned of a risk of escalation in both Ukraine and the Middle East, adding that “there are efforts being made to expand both conflicts to other countries”.
He said such a development could lead to regional and even global war which is why the international community’s most important responsibility right now was to prevent the escalation of these crises.
He said the more countries supplies weapons to Ukraine, the longer the war would last, the more casualties and the greater destruction there would be. “Each passing day carries the risk of escalation,” he said.
Szijjarto said it was clear that there was a push to provoke other countries into the conflict. “The most important responsibility for us Europeans and NATO members right now is to prevent the potential breakout of a conflict between NATO and Russia, as this would obviously be the equivalent of the start of a third world war,” he said.
The minister also warned that the longer the two conflicts went on, the greater the threat of the re-emergence of geopolitical blocs would be.
“The sooner the war is brought to an end, and the sooner there is victory in the counter-terrorism operation, the greater the chance for the next era in world politics being about connectivity and civilised cooperation,” he added.
He expressed hope that the “global pro-peace majority” could grow more vocal in the UN against the “war psychosis” of the transatlantic world.
Szijjarto said Hungary was prepared to assist any efforts aimed at promoting peace and civilised international cooperation.
“We pursue an honest, open, pro-peace foreign policy . that strives for mutual respect,” Szijjarto said. “That is why it’s clear that though we are part of the Western alliance, members of NATO and the European Union, we are able to communicate with the Eastern countries as well.”
Meanwhile, Szijjarto said he is scheduled to meet several American business executives in New York and Boston over the coming days. He welcomed that the American companies that make up the second largest group of investors in Hungary “don’t judge a given investment destination based on political propaganda, but on reality”.
“The confidence of American businesses in Hungary is unwavering . they consider the Hungarian investment environment favourable, and I hope over the next two days we’ll be able to reach one or two agreements . that will yield more and more investments,” he added.