Nikolic: Serbia could close its borders to migrants

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on October 3rd that if the European Union refused to accept migrants, Serbia would have to close its borders. 

“A decision by anyone down the road to close the border will turn Serbia into a funnel keeping the water in, and at that point, regardless of our convictions and wishes, we shall have to close our borders to migrants, who never wanted to live in Serbia in the first place,” Nikolic said to reporters at the Palace of Serbia. 

The Serbian president said that if the EU decided to send the migrants back, Serbia was under no obligation to accept them. 

“We have no obligation whatsoever if they decide to send a million people back to Serbia. They will have  to skip Serbia or fly over it; let them send them back to where they invited, lured or drove them to flee from,” Nikolic said, adding that “if the EU is not ‘angry’ at Hungary because of its treatment of migrants, it will not be angry with Serbia, either.” 

Nikolic said that Belgrade is negotiating with Brussels daily, and that Serbia does not need more than 5,000 or 6,000 places for them.

The Serbian president also said that “it’s unbelievable that Serbia is the first state on the Balkan route to register migrants,” as if they had fallen from the sky.

(Beta, 03.10.2016)

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