New direction in relations with Hungary, says interior minister

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Monday, upon his return from Hungary, that he had met with his Hungarian counterpart Sandor Pinter, adding that even more important than the opening of three railway border crossings between the two countries were sincere relations with Hungary that have headed in a new direction.

Key processes are being implemented on the Greek-Macedonian border with regard to profiling refugees and the protection of the green border. Talks with Hungarian authorities and at the Council of Ministers in Brussels are focussing on embedding at that border and that at the moment that is literally the door to Europe, Orepic told reporters.

He said that he agreed that this challenge needs to resolved at the Turkish-Greek border however that border is not ready at the moment and it is everyone's objective to protect Europe's door.

Orepic assessed that the solution with border crossings was permanent and that Croatia had accepted the obligation to take back those refugees and migrants who enter Hungary unregistered and illegally.

He reiterated that the borders were not closed, adding that there had been no entries today because refugees were waiting to see what will happen after the Brussels meeting which he is to attend on Thursday.

He said he was confident Croatia had done a great job with regard to refugees and had positioned itself well from the start. He commended the cooperation shown by countries on the Balkan route, adding that everything was being resolved through dialogue.

Last update: Mon, 07/03/2016 - 20:28
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