Hungary maintains temporary railway border closure with Croatia

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Three railway border crossings between Croatia and Hungary will remain temporarily closed for another 30 days as of February 21, on the order of Hungary’s Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér, Hungarian news agency MTI reported yesterday.

The measure is being introduced to protect public security, according to a decree published by the minister in the latest issue of official gazette Magyar Közlöny.

The temporary closure of the border includes the railway border crossings of Murakeresztúr–Kotoriba, Gyékényes–Koprivnica and Magyarbóly–Beli Manastir, and affects all persons, vehicles and freight, according to MTI.

The border can be crossed on a case by case basis at Gyékényes–Koprivnica if this does not endanger the order of border defence, MTI said. The railway border crossings were originally closed on October 17, 2015.

While addressing a Saint Thomas Becket Memorial Day conference in Esztergom earlier this week in reference to the planned distribution of “migrants” in Europe, the minister said “only those may enter Hungary whom we want to enter”, official governmental site kormany.hu reported.

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