Jeremic: “The sole purpose of mini-Schengen is to take in more refugees”

The leader of the opposition People’s Party, Vuk Jeremic, has said that the main purpose of the regional initiative Mini Schengen was to establish a unique administrative area in the Western Balkans for the reception of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa, who could be heading toward the EU next year.  

“The EU hails the Mini Schengen and the removal of border control in the Western Balkans because it is in the EU’s best interest. That is why it has been turning a blind eye to the suppression of democracy, and also corruption and organized crime in Serbia as it is more important to the EU to stop the wave of migrants outside its borders,” Jeremic added.

Jeremic went on to say that Turkey “holds millions of refugees from the Middle East on its territory because it has received money from the EU for their upkeep,” but that “that the money may prove to be insufficient.”

“At the same time, it is well known that Turkish President Erdogan is not the most reliable partner. He is a populist who might one day say to the refugees, ‘all of you go to Europe, now.’ And we know that the EU will not accept them. Where will the refugees who have left Turkey and are not allowed to reach Europe end up? Only in the mini-Schengen area, where a single administrative framework will be established in the meantime,” Jeremic said.

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Jeremic also said that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic would not sign an agreement that would facilitate Pristina’s membership in the U.N., because he knew that signing the relevant document would produce a similar effect on him as the signature of the Law on Freedom of Religion had had on Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic, which had cost him power after nearly three decades of sovereign rule in Montenegro.   

Jeremic underlined that Vucic would not do it, because if he signed such an agreement, he would be countered by the (Serbian Orthodox) Church and a vast majority of the Serbian people.  

(N1, 29.12.2020)

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