EU's Borrell calls for ‘evenly’ distribution of migrant centres in Bosnia

NEWS 11.01.2021 20:48

European Union's senior official called on the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina to work on sustainable solutions and “evenly” distribute the migrant centres across the country, otherwise, the country might face “severe consequences” for its reputation.

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell spoke to Chairman of Bosnia's Presidency Milorad Dodik, to discuss “the dire humanitarian conditions of hundreds of migrants in the country,” according to the statement issued by the EU External Action Service on Monday.

“The country’s authorities were repeatedly urged by the EU to quickly scale up their actions to address the grave humanitarian situation in Una-Sana Canton and provide basic and secure living conditions to all the persons of concern still sleeping out in the cold in extreme conditions,” said the statement.

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High Representative Borrell reminded President Dodik of the EU’s full commitment to supporting Bosnia and Herzegovina, having provided financial support of more than €88 million, and – among other assistance – fully equipping the Bira Reception Centre, “which is left unused.”

He called on the BiH authorities to work on sustainable solutions, notably with the opening of centres more evenly distributed across the full territory of the country.

Josep Borrell stressed that failing to do so would have “severe consequences for the reputation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

“The EU counts on those in office in the country to take full responsibility, urgent action and do what it takes to provide immediate assistance and work on longer term solutions,” the statement concluded.


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