Slovakian PM Fico: Balkans is starting to burn, once again

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Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico says it is important to offer European prospect to “some countries in the Balkans“, as the region is “once again starting to burn”. 

After the meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, Fico said that they had discussed the EU enlargement. “Both the Secretary-General and I feel that the Balkans is starting to burn once again”, said the Slovakian PM, adding that it was important to offer European prospect to some countries, otherwise “tensions will continue to grow” in the region.  

Fico and Guterres also discussed Slovakia’s project aimed at limiting the influx of migrants, which is being coordinated with some other countries.  

We have to continue doing projects outside of the EU, to make those third countries deal with the migration issue (…) Slovakia is ready to support responsible projects within the UN”, Fico said.  

Furthermore, the Slovakian PM underlined that it was important to have the strong United Nations.

The EU is not strong enough to engage itself more in some matters. The EU is basically not present in Ukraine, and we have no influence whatsoever on the situation in Syria”, Fico concluded.