Hungary: threat of terrorism minimal
The Paris attacks have not led to an increased threat of terrorism either in Budapest or in Hungary in general, Zsolt Molnár, head of parliament’s national security committee, said after a closed session of the committee. He added, however, that no European country is completely safe as there is a constant race to foil potential terror plots.
Committee members were briefed on Hungary and Europe’s security situation by interior ministry staff and representatives of the secret services.
MPs said that besides the Paris attacks, they also discussed the implications of Tuesday’s downing a Russian fighter jet by Turkey.
On the downing of the Russian warplane, Bernadett Szél of the green opposition LM party said Hungary should assist in clearing up the incident arguing that chaos only favours the terrorists. On the topic of the Paris attacks, she said it was proof of the emergence of “a new form of terrorism” and that stopping it will require that intelligence agencies cooperate more efficiently.
Szilárd Németh, the committee’s vice chairman for the ruling Fidesz party, said the briefing had made it clear that illegal migration and terrorism “go hand in hand”. He said it was not just the current wave of migrants but earlier waves as well that are responsible for terrorism, arguing that there were second and third generation immigrants among the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks.
He said the attacks could have been prevented if the European Union and certain EU leaders had managed migration “on a different level”.
Németh noted that the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks had been on the radar of French intelligence services. He said intelligence services are doing their job as they are supposed to but “there are some irresponsible politicians who don’t listen to them”.
The Hungarian government on the other hand listens to such briefings, he added. He said it has become clear that the government made the right choice when it decided to launch a national consultation on the link between migration and terrorism and then instilled the measures necessary to protect the country.
Molnár said Europe’s security situation justifies his party’s call for changes to the penal code to introduce sanctions for such activities as the promotion of terrorism, joining terrorist groups or recruiting members for them.