Hungary Will Seal Border With Croatia at Midnight

© AFP 2022 / ELVIS BARUKCIC Hungarian soldiers standing guard are pictured from the Croatian side at the Croatian-Hungarian border crossing between the villages of Baranjsko Petrovo Selo, Croatia, and Beremend, Hungary, on September 22, 2015
Hungarian soldiers standing guard are pictured from the Croatian side at the Croatian-Hungarian border crossing between the villages of Baranjsko Petrovo Selo, Croatia, and Beremend, Hungary, on September 22, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Hungary has decided to close off the border with Croatia on midnight October 17, according to Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

The Brussels meeting of EU leaders failed to find a way of protecting the outer borders of the Schengen zone, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Szijjarto said following a meeting with the national security cabinet.

"Therefore, the national security cabinet decided that from midnight <…> Hungary will fully enforce the Schengen rules on the border with Croatia," Szijjarto announced to reporters.

Budapest informed Croatia, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Poland, and Slovakia of the decision, the minister said.

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Hungary has built a fence along the border with Croatia, which can be sealed off "within an hour if necessary", according to the country's Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

The border area will be set up with "transit zones", where migrants from Syria and other countries in the region will be able to apply for refugee status.

Earlier, Hungary erected a 175km steel fence with barbed wire to stem the flow of migrants over its border with Serbia.

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