Hungary will close the border with Croatia to stop the inflow of thousands of illegal migrants if EU leaders do not agree on the joint forces that migrants would stop at Greek coasts, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday.
"We called on Greece and the European Council to establish joint European forces to protect the external Schengen border," said Szijjarto in an interview with Reuters.
"Unfortunately, such a decision has not yet been taken. If today and tomorrow's decision is not taken at a meeting of the European Council, then we really need to seriously consider Schengen protection at the Croatian-Hungarian border, "said the Hungarian Minister.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban participates in a meeting in Brussels, who said earlier that after the summit of the EU and the meeting of the four countries of the Visegrad Group will be able to say when will they close the border to Croatia, adding that the closure is the second best solution, and of course the closing of the Greek border is the first.
The closure of the border towards Croatia should be conducted in the same way as it was done with Serbia in September because of which the migrant wave relocated to Croatia as a transit country on the migration path towards Western Europe.
"It will be exactly as it was on the border to Serbia. That's right, "Szijjarto said, adding that there would be no" corridor "for migrants to the west.
According to him, the official Budapest has already informed the neighboring countries, Slovenia, Austria and Germany where nearly all migrants are coming, and all three are like Hungary within the Schengen area of free movement of people, which Croatia is not yet.
Reuters recalls that in the event of border closure, Croatia's migrants could move to Slovenia as a transit country or remain "captured" in Croatia whose authorities are struggling with the heavy burden of the influx of these people.
Szijjarto explained that with the Hungarian closure of the "green border", migrants could enter the country only in a regular way, ie through border crossings and valid travel documents, and "if they do not have to apply for asylum".
Hungary has created two so-called transit zones where migrants can apply for asylum, but most of those requests are rejected because Serbia is a safe country for refugees. Illegal migrants of the Hungarian authorities have been sued because they find them in a violation.
If Croatia, as a member of the European Union, has kept European regulations and registered asylum-seekers, they will have to stay in Croatia until their requests are processed, Szijjarto further said.
"If Croatia does not register, then they will have to apply for the Hungarian-Croatian border if they do not have travel documents. This will be a completely different situation, "he explained.
"With the strict protection of our southern borders ... we send them a message that it makes no sense to move on the road," said the Hungarian diplomacy chief.
According to Hungarian data, every day between 5000 and 8000 migrants crossed from Croatia through Hungary to Austria.
Szijjarto told Croatia to be ready to close and reminded that Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said that "they can better rule the situation than Hungary".
"If this is his statement, we must trust him, for he is prime minister," said Szijjarto.