Serbia "to protect itself and Europe" from new migrant wave
Serbia will be capable of protecting its national and state interests, as well as European interests, in case of another major migrant wave.Source: B92, Tanjug
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said this in Vienna on Friday, remarking there was no such large influx of migrants "at the moment."
After a meeting with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, Vucic said that, in the event of a new major migrant wave, Serbia would speak with EU officials and that he would be among the first to consult the Austrian chancellor.
Whatever the EU decision may be in that case, we would be ready to implement it immediately and protect the borders, Vucic said at a joint press conference with Kern.
He said Kern had presented to him Austria's clear and unequivocal position on what it wanted, and added that Serbia would act accordingly.
"Serbia has been particularly respectful of human rights and showed solidarity, and now it knows precisely what it is doing - in collaboration with Austria and other European countries it will protect the rights of people coming from war-torn regions, while protecting its own borders and the right to life of those who have lived in Europe for decades and centuries," Vucic said.
Kern offered support of the Austrian army and police in securing the borders, to which the Serbian prime minister said that any help is welcome, the Serbian government said on its website.
He also pointed out that Serbia has done "a perfect job" on the issue of migrant crisis.
Kern said that thanks to Serbia, the number of migrants was reduced, because it consistently acted in securing the borders, and added that "border protection will be in accordance with humanitarian obligations - it is very important that the measures work."