Croatia's Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said on Thursday that Croatia insisted that the Juncker plan to manage the ongoing refugee crisis should be complied with by all countries under the same conditions, and that Croatia did not want to be proclaimed inhumane only to avoid asylum-seekers returned to Croatia, but it would not allow to be punished for its human and professional treatment of refugees.
"I have talked with (European Migration and Home Affairs) Commissioner Avramopoulos and requested an emergency meeting of interior ministers so as to see who is implementing the European Commission plan," Ostojic said in the eastern city of Slavonski Brod where Croatia has set up a winter transit centre for west Europe-bound refugees coming from Serbia.
The Croatian minister said that one of the reasons for convening the meeting would be to clarify the matter of implementing the Dublin Regulation on asylum.
"We want to establish whether the statement by the German (Interior) Minister is also Germany's official position," Ostojic said.
Minister Thomas de Maiziere has told a German newspaper that courts banned the application of the Dublin rules in the case of Greece and Hungary, which the courts found did not treat refugees in a good manner, while the situation was opposite in Croatia and Slovenia.
Ostojic finds it unacceptable that a court ruling describing Greece as "inhumane" could be the reason why refugees cannot be sent back to that country.
"Croatia does not intend to be declared inhumane, but we will not allow to be punished for doing our job humanely and professionally," Ostojic said.
He added that diplomatic efforts were being made to solve the issue of the erection of a Slovenian wire fence along the border in some sections of Croatia's territory.
We will not be provoked, the minister said.
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 16:24