On February 9, Hungarian Chief of Defense General Dr Tibor Benkő announced that they have completed building the Kelebia border protection base on the Hungarian-Serbian border, and that further installations are expected to be completed later this year. Each facility will “provide modern field accommodation” for 600 military personnel. The soldiers will be on duty along the border until the migration pressure on Europe and Hungary ends. The Defense Chief said he hoped the numbers can be reduced after completion of the second fence, enabling more time for training and other activities.
Benkő stated that over the last one and a half years, in excess of 15.000 soldiers have been on border protection duty, while the Hungarian armed forces have also participated in more than 40 exercises, both domestic and international. In addition, they carried out foreign missions in 12 different locations, spread across three continents.
Meanwhile increased attention is given to the Hungarian-Serbian border section. Already, a 170 km long barrier system has been constructed, similar to the one along the Hungarian-Croatian border, which has a length of 136 km. Construction efforts and guard duties are in line with Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s tough stance on migration. Putting European laws and safety first, under his administration, there is no room for uncontrolled entrance into Europe:
“We know that the migrants are also victims: victims of the people smugglers; victims of European politicians who promise admission and invitation; and victims of their own illusions. We understand them, but we cannot yield to their demands, and we cannot let them into Europe. The freedom and security of our citizens and legal residents must come first.”