Austria informs Slovenia it can take no more migrants

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Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner informed her Slovenian counterpart Vesna Gjerkes Znidar on Sunday that Austria could not accept more migrants, the Slovenian Interior Ministry said late on Sunday, as quoted by STA news agency.

Mikl-Leitner told Gjerkes Znidar by telephone that Austria was facing great problems in providing for migrants and would not be taking them until further notice. She noted that it was unacceptable that Croatia was sending more migrants to Slovenia because Austria could not accommodate them, according to STA.

The Slovenian ministry said that Slovenia could not meet Croatia’s demand for it to take in 5,000 migrants per day because Austria’s intake rate was much lower. It said it had informed Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic of this and told him that the migrant wave should be kept under control.

Although Slovenia urged Croatia to respect the approximate number of migrants it could accept, Croatia notified Slovenia that up to 1,800 migrants would be sent to it on Monday. “We rejected that,” the Slovenian ministry said.

“Such behaviour is unacceptable and we expect to deal with this situation only through joint efforts and cooperation of all countries facing this crisis,” the Slovenian ministry said, adding that Croatia’s “unilateral action” was not helping these efforts.

(Hina)

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