“Anonymous bank transfers facilitate illegal immigration and terrorism, and accordingly any kind of anonymous transfer within the banking system must be made impossible on a global level, and Brussels and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees must immediately stop the distribution of anonymous debit cards”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó declared on Thursday in New York in a speech at the UN on the topic of international cooperation to prevent the illegal movement of monies.

“There are two illegal processes going on in the world that give rise to major concerns with relation to global security”, he explained.

“These are illegal migration processes and the illegal movement of monies, and the two are often linked in view of the fact that people smuggling has become an industry that generates major profit. In recent years, according to UN data, some three million people have paid money to people smugglers every year, and people smuggling networks are realising an annual revenue equivalent to 2000 billion forints (EUR 6.2bn)”, he said. “Brussels and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees have both launched programmes within the framework of which anonymous debit cards have been issued to immigrants, and some 7 billion euros have been placed on these cards”, Mr. Szijjártó explained.

“In addition, the people who have received anonymous debit cards have essentially not had to present any kind of documentation. This is an extremely dangerous programme, because it enables the financing of terrorism out of taxpayers’ money”, the Foreign Minister stated. “Unfortunately, this suspicion was proven precisely in Hungary, when the Counter-Terrorism Center apprehended a terrorist who was a member of the Islamic State terrorist organisation and had taken part in the beheading of twenty people, while continuously receiving funding on his anonymous debit card courtesy of Brussels and the UN”, Mr. Szijjártó said.

“In addition to terminating the distribution of these anonymous debit cards, the two organisations must also settle accounts with relation to the fact that we do not know who is behind these accounts and how much of the taxpayers’ money has been spent on financing terrorism”, he added.