Hungary behaviour 'unacceptable' says Gentiloni

'Unsustainable in the long run' says Italy FM

(ANSA) - Rome, September 17 - Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday that Hungary's behaviour to migrants "is unacceptable behaviour because you can't take the good that comes to you from Europe, like extraordinary funds, the contributions and subsidies, and then refuse to contribute to solidarity programmes".
    Gentiloni added: "If I have to make a prediction I don't think the current Hungarian position is sustainable in the long term because, as I repeat, you can't choose what you like from Europe and refuse the rest".
    Hungary said Thursday it might accept migrant quotas if a new EU force was set up to control borders, reinforcing Frontex.
    Hungarian officials also said the alleged leader of a riot by migrants at a closed border crossing with Serbia has been detained and is suspected of "terrorism." Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Thursday that the unidentified Syrian man was "one of the organizers who specifically directed the attacks" Wednesday afternoon when hundreds of migrants on the Serbian side tried to break through the border and threw rocks and other objects at Hungarian police. The migrants were repelled with tear gas and water cannons and police used batons to drive back those trying to enter Hungary. Police detained 22 people who managed to break through, including the man who Kovacs said was suspected of "carrying out of an act of terrorism." The chief editor of one of Sweden's largest newspapers says one of its photographers was knocked to the ground by police using clubs and tear gas in Hungary while covering the huge number of people moving across Europe. Thomas Mattsson, of tabloid Expressen, on Thursday told Hungary's ambassador to Sweden, Lilla Makkay, that what happened to photographer Meli Petersson Ellafi a day earlier was "unacceptable." Croatia's government has formed a crisis body to deal with thousands of migrants pouring into the country from Serbia after Hungary sealed its border. More than 5,000 people have entered the country in just one day, straining the authorities who scrambled to keep control over the situation.
   

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