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FM Poposki: Settling of refugees in Macedonia impossible

Settling of refugees coming in Macedonia from an EU country is not possible, Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki told MIA on Tuesday.

‘The statement of my Austrian colleague Sebastian Kurz is misinterpreted,’ Poposki told MIA correspondent from Brussels.

Settling of migrants in Macedonia is not an option, Poposki said, and the country can only help in controlling the migration flows, standing ready to fulfill its obligations in this respect.

‘Macedonia was, and remains committed to curbing the illegal migration and to that effect the control of its borders is our priority. We have been cooperating with many EU countries in this regard,’ Poposki said.

Few days ago Austrian FM Kurz stated that refugee facilities could be located in such countries as Egypt, Georgia or in one of the Western Balkan countries.

‘We need refugee centers outside the European Union, which would be managed jointly with the UNHCR. Their location is not so important. It is important that they will provide protection, and that people, trying to enter Europe illegally, will be returned there,’ Kurz told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.