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 Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic expressed hope on Sunday that the outcome of a mini summit on the migrant crisis along the Balkan route would be an agreement to turn back economic migrants and provide financial and political support to Turkey in stopping the migrant tide.

"I also hope that the meeting will result in greater coordination among the states along the corridor running from Greece to Germany, both among the members and non-members of the EU," Pusic told the press when asked what she expected from the extraordinary meeting of leaders of 10 Balkan countries and EU officials in Brussels on Sunday.

Pusic said she would consider the meeting a success if it resulted in more practical and faster coordination of the interior ministers of the countries along this route. She added that Croatia considered it futile for the countries lying on the migrant route to be quarrelling and accusing each other instead of helping each other now that the pressure of refugees and migrants had increased.

"It's quite clear that it is not possible for the number of refugees that turn up on the border between Croatia and Slovenia to be smaller than that on the border between Greece and Macedonia," she underscored.

Noting that Greece could not stop the migrant wave on its own, Pusic said that Greece, in dialogue with Turkey, should become the EU's external  border and the key point at which the wave of refugees should be stopped from entering the EU. "People would be processed in selection centres that have been set up in Greece and Italy and it would be clear who is entitled to asylum and who isn't," she concluded.

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