Ethnic Italians urge removal of barbed wire on Slovenia-Croatia border

The leadership of the Italian Union, the umbrella organisation of ethnic Italians in Croatia, on Friday sent a letter to Slovenia's Prime Minister Miro Cerar in protest against the erection of the razor-wire fence along the Slovenian-Croatian border, urging Ljubljana to remove the fence as soon as possible.

The letter notes that the the Italian Union leaders are aware of the extraordinary situation as a consequence of the fluctuation of migrants that is affecting both Slovenia and Croatia and compelling them to ensure the security of their respective territorial sovereignty, however, they warn that putting up any additional barriers has proven to be detrimental primarily to the local population.

The Italian Union representatives -- Furio Radin, Maurizio Tremul and Roberto Palisca -- also support the demands by heads of local towns and municipalities in the border areas of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia about the removal of the barbed wire fence.

Following the eventful 20th century marked by tragedies and sufferings, local residents in "pluralistic Istria" have embraced cooperation and peaceful coexistence in the European Union, and they are also looking forward to "the elimination of the last border between Slovenia and Croatia with the expected admission of Croatia to the Schengen Area," the ethnic Italian representatives wrote in the note.

Last update: Fri, 18/12/2015 - 19:16

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