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Intolerance is not the solution

20.11.2015

Editorial

What we need above all is trust. Photo: Mostphotos
Twenty years ago, the Declaration of the Principles of Tolerance was adopted in Paris. Now, Paris is a city that shows how tolerance is necessary, said the Slovenian Human Rights Ombudsman, Vlasta Nussdorfer. The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday and the recent attacks in Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq have shown that conflicts, terrorism and radicalism cannot resolve problems. Problems should be resolved through tolerance, while promoting awareness and education. It did not happen far away; it happened close to us, in the free world. The values of solidarity, freedom, tolerance, mutual respect, respect for the principles of humanity and human rights are being tested. What we need above all is trust: trust in each other and trust in politics, both at the national and European level.

This week, the Slovenian interior minister, Vesna Györkös Žnidar, hosted a working meeting of home affairs representatives of some of the countries on the so-called Western-Balkan migration route at Brdo pri Kranju. Home affairs officials from Slovenia, Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia (unfortunately, Croatia did not respond to the invitation) agreed that immigration should be slowed down to prevent countries taking on excessive burdens. They also agreed to improve control of immigration through a uniform identification method and for high-quality information exchange. "I believe that today’s agreements will contribute to a greater mutual understanding and awareness that we can successfully face this very difficult situation only through joint actions and efforts," concluded Györkös Žnidar.

Recently, the structure of migrants travelling along the Balkan migration route has changed significantly. According to the state secretary at the interior ministry, Boštjan Šefic, the number of economic migrants who are not from countries where their lives are at risk has been increasing, and they have joined the influx of migrants. Therefore, Slovenia is trying to form an agreement among all the countries on the migration route on returning economic migrants, as partial solutions benefit no one.

On Thursday, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar and British Prime Minister David Cameron exchanged views on several of the most pressing issues in Europe. The talks mainly focused on extensive immigration to Europe, where they agreed that immigration control on the external border between Greece and Turkey should be significantly tightened.

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