Slovenia denies removal of wire fence soon

The Office of Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar confirmed that Slovenia was considering a possibility of removing the wire fence from its border with Croatia after the Balkan route had been shut for west Europe-bound Middle Eastern refugees, but it denied speculations that this might be done in two weeks' time, as suggested in reports by Croatian media.

In the wake of the change in the developments along the Balkan route, Slovenia will keep following the situation. Only after enough guarantees that the situation will not worsen, the largest part of the wire will be removed, however, some segments will be kept in order to facilitate control at border crossings, according to a press release issued by the Office of the Slovenian Prime Minister,

Upon the spillover of the migrant crisis to Slovenia a few months ago, Ljubljana erected the razor wire fence along 156 kilometres of its 671-kilometre-long land frontier with Croatia. This fence encroached upon Croatia's territory at several sites, which prompted the then government led by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic to send eight protest letters to Ljubljana.

Also, the fence triggered off outrage among locals living on both sides of the frontier.

Earlier on Monday, Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said he would phone his Slovenian counterpart later in the day  for the talks on the removal of the fence.

Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac is expected to pay a visit to Ljubljana on Tuesday. His talks with Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec are to revolve around bilateral relations.

The Slovenian news agency STA reported on Monday that Kovac "is due in Slovenia for a working trip on Tuesday in a bid to propose solving the border dispute bilaterally, after Croatia backed out of the arbitration procedure. This is despite Slovenia insisting on the arbitration tribunal completing its work."

Last update: Mon, 21/03/2016 - 17:17

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