Migrants: Serbia warns against unilateral measures

'Belgrade may also adopt restrictions', says Dacic

19 January, 19:05

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, JANUARY 19 - Serbia on Tuesday warned against the adoption of unilateral restrictive measures by countries affected by migrant and refugee influxes along the Balkan route. Foreign minister Ivica Dacic, in referring to recent announcements by Austria and Slovenia, said that any unilateral decisions on border closures and suspensions of the Schengen accords would be bound to create a chain effect across all the countries on the Balkan route. ''Measures of the sort are expected to be adopted in Austria, which will probably cause a reaction in Slovenia and Croatia.

    This will obviously induce us to adopt similar measures as well,'' Dacic said in talks on Tuesday in Belgrade with his Slovenian counterpart Karl Erjavec. This is why unilateral measures must be avoided, he said, adding that ''Serbia has behaved more fairly than many other European countries but we are not stupid and we will certainly act in defense of our interests''. The foreign minister then underscored that Serbia would not allow refugees and migrants to be sent back to its territory. Since the beginning of the year, he added, 35,000 migrants and refugees had entered in Serbia - 6,000 more than in the first five months of 2015. (ANSAmed).

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