Federal President Alexander Van Bellen responded Friday on the decision of the ÖVP-FPÖ government to keep the UN migration pact away. In a Facebook comment, "I really hope the Austrian federal government will do its utmost to avoid the imminent loss of Austria's international reputation and credibility."
16:04, November 02, 2018
Van der Bellen stated that he welcomed Austria's "Global Compact of Negotiated, Secure, Regulated and Regulated Migration". The Pact has no binding force on individual states, but it contains a number of sensible suggestions on how to meet the challenges of global migration with the feeling of proportionality, humanity and governance.
In talks with Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) and Karin Kneissl (FPÖ), Van der Bellen now wants to "explain what we can do to maintain a good level of dialogue with international partners in the future, given the many global challenges". Finally, the aim of the government program is to "strengthen effective multilateralism" and Austria takes on the responsibility of the current EU Presidency.
The Federal President referred to Austria's participation in international organizations and Vienna as one of the four UN headquarters. In the questions of human rights, disarmament and the nuclear-free world, the republic has "fame as an active and trusted partner in the world community, and this reputation should not be jeopardized", warned Van der Bellen.
56 local authors, journalists and artists condemned the German government's rejection of the UN migration pact as "shameless" and "stepped up in international isolation". "We strongly oppose this disgusting and meaningless policy," says Gerhard Ruiss and Olga Flor. "We want a humane, viable, cosmopolitan and democratic Austria and Europe, in which neither political injustice nor militancy is a burden," the signatories are invited, including Elfriede Jelinek, Eva Menasse, Robert Schindel, Josef Winkler, Susanne Scholl, Barbara Coudenhove Kalergi and the composer Olga Neuwirth.
In the meantime, the Liberty Party saw the exit as "the strong handwriting of the FPÖ in the federal government". MEP Harald Vilimsky argues that Austria could have done a pioneering role. As more states were unable to join the international initiative. In the press release, the Secretary-General of the FPÖ spoke about the appropriate signals from the Czech Republic, Croatia and Italy.
Poland is likely to retire from the planned migration pact. "We believe our sovereign principles have absolute priority," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Friday after the German-Polish government had consulted German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the cabinet of Warsaw.
The German Foreign Ministry defended the planned UN migration pact against criticism, especially from the right-wing populist AfD ranking. The pact does not restrict the sovereignty of individual states, said Berlin spokesman. AfD called on the German government to follow the example of Austria and other states, exiting "to avoid irreversible damage to people." The pact should help to better organize flight and migration, but the goal is to strengthen migrants' rights.
"The Pact sets out the objectives and how these goals are achieved, especially in the fight against illegal migration in the fight against legal migration, remains open to the Member States, ie the criteria and levels of immigration continue to be the sovereign decisions of the states" said the Foreign Ministry spokesman. Political, non-binding expression of the will of the international community, not an agreement.
The document signed by UN member states must be signed on 10 and 11 December in Morocco. First, only the United States did not join. Hungary and now Austria followed. The German government warned on Wednesday that the pact should not create "human migration law". He welcomed the criticism at home and abroad. Nearly 96,000 people supported the immigration pact for Friday afternoon as part of the subcontracting online campaign at # aufstehn. Denmark has made reservations about the pact. The Czech Republic and Poland have made critical allegations. Switzerland's most popular party, the populist SVP, is also faced with the pact.