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Hungary's Viktor Orban wants to speed up building of fence on Serbian border to stop migrants

  • People try to cross under a wire fence on the Serbian border with Hungary, near the village of Hajdukovo, Serbia, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Hungarian police stood by as thousands of migrants hopped cross-border trains Sunday into Austria, taking advantage of Hungary's surprise decision to stop screening international train travelers for travel visas, a get-tough measure that the country had launched only days before to block their path to asylum in Western Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    People try to cross under a wire fence on the Serbian border with Hungary, near the village of Hajdukovo, Serbia, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. Hungarian police stood by as thousands of migrants hopped cross-border trains Sunday into Austria, taking advantage of Hungary's surprise decision to stop screening international train travelers for travel visas, a get-tough measure that the country had launched only days before to block their path to asylum in Western Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • A migrant enters the territory of Hungary by crossing the temporary protection fence along the Hungarian-Serbian border at Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (Edvard Molnar/MTI via AP)

    A migrant enters the territory of Hungary by crossing the temporary protection fence along the Hungarian-Serbian border at Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015. (Edvard Molnar/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hungarian police officers stop a group of migrants near a temporary holding center for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Hungarian police stood by as thousands of migrants hopped cross-border trains Sunday into Austria, taking advantage of Hungary's surprise decision to stop screening international train travelers for travel visas, a get-tough measure that the country had launched only days before to block their path to asylum in Western Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Hungarian police officers stop a group of migrants near a temporary holding center for asylum seekers in Roszke, southern Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Hungarian police stood by as thousands of migrants hopped cross-border trains Sunday into Austria, taking advantage of Hungary's surprise decision to stop screening international train travelers for travel visas, a get-tough measure that the country had launched only days before to block their path to asylum in Western Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)  (The Associated Press)

Hungary's prime minister says he wants to speed up construction of a fence meant to stop migrants on the southern border with Serbia.

Orban was quoted Tuesday's edition of the pro-government Magyar Idok (Hungarian Times) daily newspaper as saying that he was persuaded of the need for more workers on the fence being built by the Hungarian army after an unannounced inspection of the barrier on Monday with his chief of staff, Janos Lazar.

Hungary initially said that a 4-meter (13-feet) high fence would be built on the 174-kilometer (109-mile) border with Serbia by the end of November, but in July Orban called for it to be completed by Aug. 31.

A government statement implied that Defense Minister Csaba Hende resigned Monday because of the unsatisfactory pace of construction.