Risks that stem from the changes in the security environment in the south and east of the Mediterranean

Risks that stem from the changes in the security environment in the south and east of the Mediterranean

Meeting held in Thessalonica between the Foreign and Interior Ministers of Greece, Albania, FYROM and Bulgaria on the migration crisis

Thessalonica, 22 April 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ditmir Bushati and Minister of Interior, Saimir Tahiri participated in the meeting held in Thessalonica between the Foreign and Interior Ministers of Greece, Albania, FYROM and Bulgaria to discuss the migration crisis.

At the focus of the meeting were discussions on the migratory crisis caused by the influx of those who have come from the war zones in the Middle East, the strengthening of dialogue and the expansion of cross border cooperation between the four countries.

The ministers stopped on the commitments undertaken in the High Level Meeting of October 2015 on the influx of refugees along the Western Balkan route. The meeting of Thessalonica stressed the human aspect of this phenomenon, the need for coordination and the strengthening of the operational measures in addressing the challenges that this crisis brings, including the risks of the traffic of human beings and security threats and terrorism. In this context, the ministers expressed their commitment in protecting values and human rights.

The intensification of the comprehensive agenda on migration through the European Union and Western Balkan countries was also an important topic of discussion in this meeting.

Minister Bushati stressed the engagement of our country to be part of a joint European solution based on the feeling of solidarity and capacity and the will to keep values, principles and respect of international laws alive. “Cooperation of the member countries with the EU members must turn into an opportunity to strengthen political engagement and speed up integrating processes of Western Balkan countries”, he said.

“We support this format of meetings which bears a special value not only to exchange experiences for cross border cooperation, but also to identify those risks that stem from the changes of security in the south and east of the Mediterranean”, said minister Bushati.

Also in the framework of this ministerial, minister Bushati held a bilateral meeting with his Greek counterpart Nikos Kotzias. The two ministers talked about the continuation of communication and the process which aims at finding solutions for all bilateral issues, the agenda of economic cooperation, developments in the region and European integration of Western Balkans. The sides expressed the importance of the continuation of talks between our two governments with the aim of building up trust and to offer concrete actions in advancing and solving bilateral issues. /balkaneu.com/

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