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MAE: Raising fence between two EU member states not correct gesture; position communicated to Hungarian party

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) is of the opinion that raising a fence between two member states of the European Union that are also strategic partners is not a politically correct gesture, or one in line with the European spirit.
‘The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had informed by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs about this intention shortly before the public announcement. MAE informed in useful time, as a matter of urgency, the relevant decision-makers in Romania on the situation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is of the opinion that raising a fence between two member states of the European Union that are also strategic partners is not a correct gesture from a political point of view, or one in line with the European spirit. This position has already been communicated to the Hungarian party’, MAE notes in a press release sent to Agerpres, regarding Hungary’s intention to build a fence along the border with Romania.

The Government in Budapest decided to start preparations in the field for expanding along the Romanian border the fence it is currently building along its border with Serbia, in order to cope with possible changes of migration routes, Hungary’s Foreign Minster Peter Szijjarto said on Tuesday, according to MTI and Reuters.

‘We have made the decision to start the preparation work for installing a fence starting from the Hungarian-Serbian-Romanian border along a reasonable length, in the event that migration pressure might shift in Romania’s direction’, said the Hungarian chief diplomat during a press conference.

Szijjarto noted that the measure was necessary as the human trafficking across the Serbian border was changing route in the direction of the Romanian border and most likely the migration pressure would shift towards Romania.

According to Croatian Hina news agency, the prospects of long waiting times at the Hungarian border and the possible incarceration or expulsion back to Serbia could force many migrants to look for alternative routes to the West, via Croatia, or to the East, via Romania, even if nether states are part of the Schengen Agreement.

‘Maybe we’ll try through Croatia, then Slovenia, and from there in the direction of Vienna and Germany. I don’t know if this is a good plan, but we have to try’, a Syrian refugee told Reuters.

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