‘Hungary, as a country standing on the side of peace, supports every peace plan because there is no way to know which will lead to success in the end; but if we do not take the first step, we will never reach peace,’ Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told Croatian and Slovenian journalists during the executive committee meeting of the Christian Democratic International (CDI-IDC) in Bled on Thursday.
The Hungarian Prime Minister pointed out that there are two different ways of thinking about the future of the conflict in Ukraine. One camp believes that there is a possibility for a military resolution of the conflict, while the other one holds that it is not possible, and therefore a ceasefire and peace negotiations are needed.
Viktor Orbán added that
the true nature of the conflict has not yet been clarified.
Some believe that a proxy war is taking place in Ukraine, while others talk about a real war between the parties. No one knows what peace plan would have a chance of success. That is why Hungary supports every initiative and is ready to be a tool in the hands of those seeking peace, either as a mediator or as a venue for future ceasefire negotiations, the Prime Minister emphasised.
Viktor Orbán stated that Hungary’s attitude to the war in Ukraine differs from that of the neighbouring countries because there is personal involvement. Ukraine is Hungary’s neighbour, where a Hungarian minority lives, and the war has also claimed Hungarian lives, he noted. The conflict is not only a Ukrainian matter,
but one of a ‘personal national loss’ for Hungary, he added.
Regarding the European Peace Facility, Viktor Orbán reminded that it was originally established for European security purposes, not because of the war in Ukraine. The purpose of the fund is to strengthen security throughout Europe, but so far, it has primarily been used to support Ukraine, he pointed out.
Hungary believes that it is necessary to clarify whether the fund will continue to serve its original goals of pan-European security or if it will be transformed into a means of military support for Ukraine.
Until then, the Hungarian government is blocking further disbursements, the Prime Minister explained.
The executive committee meeting of the Christian Democratic International (CDI-IDC) is being held in Bled, Slovenia, with the motto ‘Security, Justice, Peace.’ Viktor Orbán is participating in the event as one of the vice presidents of the organisation.