Slovenia to stop putting up wire fence in disputed border areas


Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said late on Sunday that Slovenia would stop putting up a wire fence at disputed sections of its border with Croatia so as not to further increase tensions in relations between the two countries.

“We will not put up wire obstacles at any points that might be disputed in border delimitation so as not to cause tensions or disputes over the border,” Cerar told STA news agency after meeting Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic at an EU summit in Brussels on Sunday evening. He said he had guaranteed this to the Croatian prime minister.

Responding to a question from the press about Croatian protest notes saying that barbed wire should be removed at some sections of the border because it was placed in Croatian territory, Cerar said that wire obstacles would not be put at disputed locations but that some other type of obstacle could be placed there to prevent migrants crossing the border illegally. He, however, did not say what would happen with the wire fence already in place at disputed sections of the border.

Speaking of border fences in general, Cerar said: “No one wants a wire fence for a longer time, but right now it is necessary to control illegal migrations. That’s why its erection will continue as long as security reasons necessitate it.”

The reasons for this fence might cease in several months if it becomes clear that the migrant wave will stop, which depends on an agreement between the European Union and Turkey and the behaviour of the countries along the so-called Balkan migration route, he added.