Croatian FM urges Slovenia to treat refugees better

Croatia's Foreign Affairs Minister in the caretaker government, Vesna Pusic, on Wednesday called on Slovenia to improve its treatment of migrants passing through that country on their way to western Europe and to remove a razor wire fence from its border with Croatia.

In her response to Slovenia's request that Croatia should step up the control of migrants, Pusic told reporters outside the government offices that Croatia had the best supervision and organisation in tackling the migrant crisis compared to other countries through which refugees are passing on their way from Turkey to Germany.

Pusic forwarded a counter-proposal whereby Slovenia should improve its approach towards this issue and said that Zagreb was willing to help Slovenia with advice and experience on how to avoid tensions in the society and simultaneously provide a decent treatment of refugees.

Slovenia has requested a meeting with Croatia to ask it to tighten up the screening of migrants and refugees. State Secretary for Refugees Bostjan Sefic said on Tuesday that Slovenia had proposed a meeting at the border police level to discuss tighter controls and more precise identification of migrants.

The announcement came after Austria tightened up controls on its border with Slovenia on Saturday, refusing to allow in several hundred migrants who could not prove that they came from war-torn countries.

Last update: Wed, 30/12/2015 - 19:10
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