Serbian Minister: We are prepared for border closure, but wary of legality

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Nebojsa Stefanovic, Serbia’s Minister of Internal Affairs, said he believes that it would collide with international regulations if Hungary closed its borders with Serbia in an attempt to counter illegal immigration into the country, Hungarian online daily origo.hu reported on Sunday.

Although Serbia is ready for a possible closure of its borders, the Serbian official said he carefully read the transcript of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s comments, and Orbán “said not once that he will close the borders”, according to Origo. Orbán mentioned the possibility of closing the Serbian border on Friday in his regular fortnightly interview with state-owned Kossuth radio.

In this same interview, Orbán said a decision could be reached by Wednesday. International news agency Agence France-Presse reported that the cabinets of both countries would hold a summit in early July to address the issue.

Hungary has seen an influx of migrants in the past few years, with 43,000 entering the country last year, compared to just 2,000 in 2012. Some 54,000 have already entered the country this year, 95% of them through the Serbian border according to official data.

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