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Slovenia joins calls for a more responsible global future

02.10.2015

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“We call upon the Security Council, and especially its permanent members, to overcome divisions and find the way to deal more effectively with this worsening situation, in line with its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security,” Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said in his address to the UN General Assembly. He stressed that Slovenia is also assuming its share of responsibility.

Slovenia is already facing a considerable humanitarian challenge due to the increasing numbers of migrants and refugees from the Middle East arriving in the region and neighbouring countries. “The magnitude of the current humanitarian crisis needs a determined and immediate response from the whole international community, based on common principles of solidarity, humanity and shared responsibility. We should help these people in need," said Cerar, adding that aid to countries hosting the greatest numbers of refugees should be increased and more decisive action should be taken to reach permanent political solutions in the countries of origin, while rejecting extreme ideologies.

Slovenia was well prepared for the first mass arrival of refugees. Except for twenty-three people who requested asylum, they all proceeded to Austria and Germany. Since most migrants still prefer to travel through Hungary to Western Europe, Slovenia is currently receiving only a few people a day. Given the situation in the wider region, this may soon change. The Slovenian authorities are in continuous contact with neighbouring countries (for example, the Slovenian and Hungarian interior ministers met at the beginning of the week), which have been dealing with continual arrivals for a while.

In this temporary ‘lull, the Slovenian protection and relief agency is intensively preparing for new mass arrivals of people in need of protection. It is addressing a few logistic and organisation deficiencies that became evident when the first large numbers of people began to arrive about two weeks ago. Efforts are focused on increasing accommodation capacities with heating. Winter is coming.

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