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There is no alternative to peace, President Katalin Novák said in her address to the 78th session of the United Nations' General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

“This war also directly affects us Hungarians. It is not just in our neighbourhood. Hungarian fathers and sons living in Ukraine are also giving their lives in the trenches,” she said, adding that this is why “we want peace. In our country, in Ukraine, in Europe, in the world. Peace and the security that comes with it”. Novák said at the general debate that “we know that peace is only realistically attainable when at least one side sees the time for negotiations as having come”. “We cannot decide for Ukrainians about how much they are prepared to sacrifice, but we have a duty to represent our own nation’s desire for peace,” the Hungarian president said some 15 minutes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to the General Assembly. Novák stressed that Hungary condemns “clearly and unequivocally the violation of international law, the attack on another state, the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which has caused immense suffering and destruction and has destroyed the peaceful life of Europe”.