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Former ForMin Aurescu warns against linking terrorism to migration

There is a risk of linking terrorism to migration, but it would be a wrong approach, as the two phenomena share only the source, namely the instability in the southern neighbourhood of the European Union, former foreign affairs minister Bogdan Aurescu told Agerpres on Thursday. Nevertheless, he admitted that some immigrants to the EU might be radicals.

“One cannot exclude the possibility of infiltration among those who came in this wave last year – and keep coming and surely will come this year – of elements with a potential of radicalization, or already radicalized. That’s why there are already mentions for some time of combating the foreign fighters, and here’s where the exchange of information and the cooperation between the specialized institutions should be enhanced; but it would be wrong to see a link between the two phenomena, other than perhaps their source, which is common – namely the instability in the southern neighbourhood of the European Union, where the most important response must be given by settling the Syrian and Libyan files and the conflict in Yemen. The recent tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia are not a factor of positive influence over these settling efforts,” he said.

“The terrorist phenomenon must be further considered with utmost concern and addressed accordingly, because, you see, one year after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, another major attack occurred last November in France. This means the measures we must take on a European level must be further enhanced. It means the measures taken after the attack on Charlie Hebdo were insufficient. One one hand, it’s about the importance of enhancing the exchange of information (…) about enhancing the cooperation between the specialized institutions, between the intelligence services of the [EU] member states; on the other hand, when it comes to attacks perpetrated by citizens of the EU states, we must discuss the enhancement of the measures for the social, economic and educational integration of communities that are not new on the Union’s territory, but have some tendencies of radicalization. Here, the necessary measures are medium and long-term ones,” the former minister pointed out.

In the context, Aurescu stressed the need of finding new instruments to fight terrorism; he mentioned the anti-terrorist court proposed by Romania, which “should be further developed both in concept terms and from the standpoint of institutional setup.”

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