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Serbian PM calls for calm after clashes on Hungarian border

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:28 GMT, Sep 17, 2015 |
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Hungary on Wednesday (September 16) detained 29 people including a “terrorist” as migrants demanding to be let through the country’s newly shut EU frontier clashed with riot police firing water cannon and tear gas while refugees searched for new ways to enter the bloc.

Hungary’s decision this week to shut the EU’s external border with Serbia was the most forceful attempt yet by a European country to reduce the flood of refugees and economic migrants overwhelming the bloc.

As thousands of migrants scattered across the Balkan peninsula tried to reach the EU, Hungary’s prime minister said his country planned to put up a fence along parts of its border with Croatia and on the frontier with Romania to stem the flow.

Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic called for a comprehensive European solution to the migrant problem.

“I am not going to accuse anybody because we would like to preserve the best possible relationship with our Hungarian colleagues and we have a very good relationship. But, not only that, we have a big Hungarian minority in our country and we want them to feel a part of our society and that is another reason why we would like to preserve a very relationship with the Hungarian government,” he said.

“But they fired tear gas in our territory against those migrants and it was a chaotic situation and I hope that we will be able to act calmly and responsibly and that we will be able to overcome this situation but what we need it is a comprehensive European solution. We need a comprehensive solution that will be accepted by all EU and non-EU countries otherwise we would face a kind of humanitarian disaster,” he added.