petak, 25. rujna 2015.

Migrants: Serbia-Croatia border remains blocked, 17 km line


BELGRADE - A line in Serbian territory is stretching over 17 kilometers with trucks waiting to cross at the Serbian-Croatian Batrovci-Bajakovo border post, which remains blocked as Belgrade and Zagreb remain engaged in a fierce discussion and reciprocal accusations on the immigration emergency. Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina said that if the blockade will continue - another seven border crossings at the Serbian-Croatian border that are less important remain closed - an emergency meeting will be requested of the Cultural Exchange Free Trade agreement (CEFTA) between central European countries over the significant economic damage caused by the paralysis of the circulation of trucks.

Meanwhile the EU commissioner in charge of enlargement Johannes Hahn, together with Serbian Premier Aleksandar Vucic, visited this morning a centre for refugees in Sid, in north-western Serbia at the border with Croatia. The labour and social affairs minister, Aleksandar Vulin, who is in charge of the immigration emergency, was also present. Hahn has on the agenda a day of meetings also with the interior minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic, and the minister for European integration, Jadranka Joksimovic. In statements made on the eve of his visit to Belgrade, Commissioner Hahn praised Serbia's behavior in the dramatic crisis of immigrants and refugees who are being treated ''with dignity, in line with international standards'', he said.

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