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Slovenian Interior Minister Vesna Gjerkes Znidar on Tuesday called for enhancing cooperation between the countries along the Balkan migrant route to reduce the influx of refugees.

Speaking to the press after a meeting with interior ministry officials from Greece, Serbia, and Macedonia in the Slovenian mountainous resort of Brdo Pri Kranju, Gjerkes Znidar said that they had agreed that it was necessary to "start slowing down the migration flow to prevent the overload of the countries along the migrant route."

She said that in order to ration the intake of refugees, it was necessary to improve the cooperation among the countries along the Balkan route, adding that they needed to increase their accommodation capacity for migrants.

She described the meeting as successful, despite the fact that Croatian officials did not attend.

Gjerkes Znidar said that "we have to ensure maximum control of the refugee influx, even if Croatia pushes us into an unfavourable position."

Croatia is the fourth country along this route where migrants are arriving from Serbia after they pass through Greece and Macedonia on their way to western and northern Europe.

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