BELGRADE – Serbia is waiting for the European Union to state what the joint response to the refugee crisis will be like, Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic has said.
“We are in the middle between the two parts of the European Union – one part that lets in refugees and another that closes borders and puts up fences,” Dacic said at a regular monthly press conference on Sunday.
“Should we put up fences as well? Europe should tell us what the European response looks like,” he said.
Dacic said that the upcoming ministerial conference in Luxembourg on October 8 will be devoted to the refugee crisis, but added that not everyone is equally keen on finding a solution.
Aside from the ministers of foreign and internal affairs of the EU member states, the conference will bring together ministers of other countries that are affected by the crisis, including Serbia, which has so far registered more than 170,000 refugees.
Dacic said that Serbia needs financial help, but that even more important is the issue of the European strategy given that the crisis is causing tectonic disturbances in the functioning of the EU.