Thursday, February 25, 2016

Greece recalls ambassador from Austria amid EU rifts

Greece has recalled its ambassador to Austria amid sharp divisions among EU states over the migrant crisis.

The move came after Austria hosted a meeting with Balkan states on the migrant issue, to which Greece was not invited.

Greece called the move an "unfriendly act". It said its ambassador was recalled for "consultations".

Ministers from EU and Balkan nations are meeting in Brussels to try to heal rifts over the migrant issue.

Austria, Serbia and FYROM [***] have taken their own steps to limit entry to migrants, angering Greece, which fears the controls will cause a bottleneck.

In a statement, the Greek foreign ministry said that the ambassador was being recalled "in order to safeguard the friendly relations between the states and the people of Greece and Austria".

It said that problems facing the European Union "cannot be dealt with, with thoughts, mentalities and extra-institutional initiatives that have their roots in the 19th Century".

Speaking in Brussels. Greek Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas said his country would "not accept becoming Europe's Lebanon, a warehouse of souls".

Lebanon is home to about a million of the four million Syrians who have fled to neighbouring countries...

***[After the necessary correction with the name "FYROM"]

***[GREECE recognized this country with the name "FYROM"]
***[UN  resolution A/RES/47/225 of 8 April 1993]
***El Kratos uses the recognized name FYROM.
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