Serbia and Croatia Agree On Transit For Refugees

BAJAKOVO – The Serbian and Croatian interior ministers, Nebojsa Stefanovic and Ranko Ostojic, on Friday held a meeting in Bajakovo, at the border between the two countries, for the first time since the outbreak of the refugee crisis.

Serbia and Croatia Agree On Transit For Refugees
Migrants rest near a border line between Serbia and Croatia, near the village of Berkasovo, about 100 km west from Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Croatian police said more than 5,000 migrants have entered the country since Hungary closed its border, illustrating a possible backlog of those whom Slovenia would not admit. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

The ministers discussed the reception of refugees and agreed that, from now on, a Croatian train will be taking refugees from Sid to a reception centre in Slavonski Brod.

“It is important for us that we agree on a quick transit while complying with procedures and rules,” Stefanovic told reporters after the meeting, noting that a strategic approach must be agreed as well.

“We are not to blame for what is going on, and neither Croatia nor Serbia is economically strong enough, and we cannot receive 50,000 people,” Stefanovic said.

The two countries need to have good relations and build security for their citizens, he noted.

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