During an extraordinary videoconference, EU interior ministers expressed their solidarity with Lithuania, Poland and Latvia in connection with the migration crisis caused by the Belarusian authorities. The chiefs of diplomacy also stressed the need to cooperate with the countries of origin and transit of migrants in the field of readmission.
– Lithuania, which was the first Member State affected by the crisis, received several types of aid from the Member States, the European Commission and EU agencies – said Alesz Hojs, head of the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior after the conference. – Due to the rapidly changing situation on the ground, Lithuania needs additional help, as do Latvia and Poland – he added.
Slovenia currently holds the six-month presidency of the Council of the EU. – We agreed to deploy additional experts in these countries (…) as well as the necessary equipment, to call on the European Commission for additional financial assistance and, above all, to strengthen the control of the EU’s external borders – added Hojs.
The ministers condemn the Belarusian authorities
The ministers also stressed the need to cooperate with the countries of origin and transit of migrants in the field of readmission. – Member States strongly condemned Belarusian attempts to instrumentalise people for political purposes – stressed the head of the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior.
He also drew attention to the situation in Afghanistan. “The international community must now do everything possible to provide adequate humanitarian aid and protect the weakest in Afghanistan,” said Hojs.
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