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28.10.15

Prime Minister Cerar: We will protect Slovenia’s interests and continue in a humane manner

After today’s session of the National Security Council, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said that Slovenia is closely monitoring the fulfilment of the commitments that Slovenia and other countries made at the summit in Brussels on Sunday. According to the Prime Minister, if these commitments are not honoured, which will become apparent in the next few days, this will prove that the common European policy is not working, in which case Slovenia, too, will have to take additional measures on the border and other measures needed to curb the influx migrants. PM Cerar underlined that he is willing to do anything necessary to protect Slovenia’s interests, to protect the local population and the citizens of Slovenia against uncontrolled migration with the help of the government and all its institutions, and to protect law and order and the safety of people and property. He emphasised, however, that the migrants and refugees must continue to be treated as humanely as possible, in the same manner as before, as far as their massive numbers allow.

At today’s session of the National Security Council, Prime Minister Miro Cerar once again apprised the members of the Council of the main commitments made by country leaders at the summit in Brussels on Sunday. The heads of government of Germany, Austria, Slovenia and other countries lying along or adjacent to the so-called Balkan route which are caught in the wave of migration made certain highly important political commitments on Sunday which PM Cerar believes to be the last chance for the EU to remain as it is: a union of solidarity based on common values and committed to common goals.   

According to the Prime Minister, if the commitments are not honoured, which will become apparent in the next few days, this will prove that the common European policy is not working, in which case, as the PM has said on several occasions, Slovenia, too, will have to take additional measures on the border and other measures needed to curb the influx of migrants.

Slovenia is closely monitoring the fulfilment of the commitments made at the summit to see whether the countries will actually improve their communication and collaboration in directing and managing the situation and whether Greece will increase its efforts to curb the movement of migrants in cooperation with Frontex and other institutions. If Slovenia finds that the commitments are not being honoured in the next few days, its measures on the border and elsewhere will be tightened as soon as this becomes necessary. At its session tomorrow, the government will discuss all the additional measures which may need to be taken if the situation deteriorates further.

The Prime Minister stressed that he is prepared to do everything necessary to protect Slovenian interests, to protect local residents and Slovenia citizens from uncontrolled immigration using the government and all institutions to protect law and order, property and human safety. At the same time, people who come here as migrants or refugees must be treated humanely and be treated as they have been so far, as long as this is possible given such numbers, said the PM.

Since Slovenia is only a transit country, it is coordinating with neighbours on how to enable refugees to reach their destinations, most of which are countries north of Slovenia.

Slovenia is promoting a joint European approach and a common European solution. The Schengen border protected by Slovenia is part of Europe’s core external boundary, which other countries understand, so they have begun sending reinforcements. Slovenia will do everything to make Schengen a border that protects the values that we wish to preserve, i.e. human rights, tolerance, the rule of law and prosperity. Slovenians are prepared to maintain this position, provided that other countries cooperate with us.


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