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Hungary calls for urgent integration of Western Balkans in EU

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Everything must be done for the European integration of the Western Balkans for the safety of Europe, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said.

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He made the statement after a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Four (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia) countries, joined by the representatives of Austria, Croatia and Slovenia.

"There are critical tensions within the Western Balkans, and if we cannot show a credible integration scenario for the countries of this region, these tensions might become uncontainable," he said.

He also explained that if the migration road through the Western Balkans were to reopen again, then "extraordinary" migration pressure would appear at the southern borders of Hungary and on the Schengen area.

"The resolution of the migration crisis must start with the defense of the external borders, and it must be made very clear that only those can come to Europe, who is eligible to do so according to the applicable laws," he said.

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