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European Council President Donald Tusk said in Zagreb on Wednesday that the countries in Southeast Europe could not solve the migrant crisis alone because it was a global problem which demanded the involvement of the US, Turkey and African countries.

This region in the heart of Europe is facing a huge influx of refugees and migrants. We must work together in the spirit of cooperation and coordination. The EU is willing to help, Tusk told reporters at the regional Brdo-Brijuni summit.

But I repeat, it's a global problem. Just as we need the commitment of the countries in the region, the commitment of the US, Turkey and African countries is necessary too, Tusk said.

He said the recent terrorist attacks at Paris, Ankara, Beirut, Baghdad, Bamako and Sinai were a horrific reminder that violent extremism was a threat to global security, including the security of the western Balkans.

A comprehensive approach against terrorism must include operations for fighting extremism, preventing radicalisation and dealing with the problem of foreign fighters, Tusk said.

He reiterated Brussels' commitment to enlargement to Southeast Europe. There is no doubt that the future of the western Balkans is in the EU and the Union remains committed to the policy of enlargement to this region, he said.

Twenty years after the Dayton peace agreement, European and Euro-Atlantic integration has helped to transform Southeast Europe, he said. What we need the most today is real progress to revive the process of enlargement to candidate countries and to accelerate the Euro-Atlantic integration of the countries wishing to join NATO, he added.

Tusk says everyone in Syria must fight against Islamic State

Turkey's downing of a Russian military plane is a dangerous situation and everyone must keep a cool head, European Council President Donald Tusk said in Zagreb on Wednesday, adding that all stakeholders in Syria must focus on the fight against Islamic State.

There's only one way to avoid such incidents in future. All resources should be directed into the fight against Islamic State, he told reporters at the Brdo-Brijuni regional summit.

That should be the common goal. There will never be a coalition against a moderate opposition. Everyone should know that, Tusk said.

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