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Péter Szijjártó, Hungary's foreign minister, has called on the warring sides to use the week of the UN General Assembly session for launching genuine negotiations on putting an end to the war in Ukraine.

“As we are no longer in the eleventh but in the twelfth hour, the war in Ukraine should be ended as soon as possible,” the minister told MTI in New York. Commenting on Russia’s partial mobilisation, Szijjártó said all steps escalating the conflict are bad news and all steps that bring peace closer are good ones. “We, in Ukraine’s neighbourhood, cannot say anything else but that we want peace and call on the major world policy players to finally negotiate with each other, reach a ceasefire agreement, and finally start talks that can bring peace and put an end to the totally senseless suffering of tens or hundreds of thousands, and even millions of people,” Szijjártó said.
The minister noted that over the past few months Turkey had proved to be the single successful mediator by paving the way for relaunching grain deliveries that somewhat mitigated the global food crisis. Based on this achievement, the Turkish government would perhaps have a chance for mediation between the warring sides, Szijjártó said.