Croatia is against raising border fences, Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said in Luxembourg on Saturday in response to the Hungarian announcement of possible construction of the fence and to Croatia if the Migration Wave starts from it.
Pusić, who participated in a two-day informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in the country in which he dominated the migration crisis, commented on the journalist's request a statement by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who as a possibility mentioned the lifting of a protective fence at the border with Croatia if and from there are more migrants and refugees there.
"We are absolutely against lifting wires. Every country has the right to decide what they want and to close as they will, but Croatia will certainly not close the wire. As far as Hungary's announcements are concerned, I understand this is the only idea that would be realized if the migrants go beyond that limit, which is not at the moment on the agenda, "Pusić said.
The European Union is trying to agree a comprehensive approach to the migration crisis, which would involve close co-operation with non-EU countries, but are candidates for membership such as Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia, Pusić said.
"It is necessary to distinguish between the transit countries through which the refugees only pass through and the final goal of the refugees, because a large number want to come to Germany, Sweden and other Scandinavian countries. Regardless of the refugee crisis in Hungary and some other countries, these are not the countries in which the refugees want to stay and the EU will have to deal with that problem and put it on the agenda, "Pusić said.
She said that the ministers were trying to determine and to what extent the current crisis was about economic migrants, and on refugees, and to prevail over Europe's position at this time, first of all, hit a refugee crisis.
The minister pointed out that Croatia participates in the division of responsibilities, including the sending of two ships that rescue the refugees in the Mediterranean, and that in the first division of responsibility for disarming she accepted to receive 550 people, more than she would belong to due to her size and economic strength .
"However, the fact is that just a large number of people do not see a large number of EU member states as their ultimate destination, they do not see their future, but they want to reach several countries, three or four. Now is the question of how to share responsibility in that context, "Pusić said.
He added that Germany, Italy and France offered one platform, which for Croatia was completely acceptable, and that platform would be the first step in developing a comprehensive refugee policy.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Frenchman Laurent Fabius and Italian President Paolo Gentiloni sent a letter this week to the EU's Foreign Affairs Representative Federico Mogherini, in which they presented ideas for dealing with the immigration crisis.
They take on a more effective asylum system and create a system for integrated EU external border management. They seek more solidarity among members and a fairer division of the burden of crisis.
The European Commission has announced that next week it will propose a distribution scheme by member states of another 120 thousand migrants currently in Greece, Hungary and Italy.
Luxembourg Minister for Foreign Affairs and Asylum Issues Jean Asselborn said on Saturday after the informal ministerial meeting had ended that he did not like quota discussion, whether voluntary or binding, but that the crisis should speak about the allocation of burdens.
Asselborn agrees that the migration crisis needs to be resolved beyond the borders of Europe, but at the moment "there are many refugees in the European Union that protect the Geneva Convention and they can not stay in one country."
After the Commission announces its proposal on next Wednesday, 14 will be on it. September discuss ministers of the interior.
A further model for care and a general approach to refugees and migrants needs to be given to the European Council, Pusič said, but achieving the final response is still far off, given that refugees, when granted asylum status, have a certain freedom of movement and, in particular within the Schengen system, the country they want to go. (Hina)