Friday, March 11 2016 13:03 EET
Closing borders won’t solve the migrant crisis – Merkel
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that strengthening border control in the Balkan countries cannot settle the problem of migration.

"The problem cannot be solved by a unilateral decision," the Chancellor said, giving her Thursday interview for Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk radio. She also stressed the fact that all 28 member states of the EU have to approve this step.

Meanwhile, Merkel noted that newly arrived refugees pose a danger to Greece. Thus, she described the situation as unstable and short-term. "If we do not manage to reach an agreement with Turkey, Greece won’t be able to bear this weight (refugees) for too long," Merkel said.

According to her, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees could play a certain role in solving the migrant crisis. The Chancellor is sure it has rich experience in resettlement of refugees.

The migrants in Greece will not be forcibly sent back to Turkey and every person is to be treated properly, she says.

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