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V4 foreign ministers: V4 supports all-European migration solution

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Prague, Feb 18 (CTK) – The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, which form the Visegrad Group (V4), support an all-European solution to the migrant crisis, their foreign ministers agreed on Thursday.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said the ministers did not speak about a reserve plan that takes into consideration the closure of Greece’s northern border.

The reserve, or B plan was proposed by the V4 prime ministers in Prague on Monday. It rests in creating an alternative Schengen border in Bulgaria and Macedonia.

Critics point out that this practically means the expulsion of Greece from the Schengen Area.

Zaoralek said the ministers did not speak about the reserve plan because they “presently focus on a solution in which all countries would participate.”

The all-European solution to migration rests in a consistent protection of the external border of the Schengen Area, mainly the stemming of the migrant influx from Turkey to Greece.

The EU signed a treaty with Turkey last November in this respect and it now presses Ankara into fulfilling its promises.

Zaoralek said the plan B is an alternative for the case that an all-European solution failed.

The V4 foreign ministers also agreed on Thursday that the V4 countries will jointly organise humanitarian projects to improve the situation in the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, but he did not elaborate.

He only said the projects will be soon presented.

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