Budapest (MTI) – Hungary is ready to build a fence on the border with Romania “the next day” if migrants change their route from Croatia, the foreign minister told Reuters news agency in an interview on Tuesday.

Europe’s southern borders are still wide open to hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, and this puts in doubt the future of the Schengen system of open internal borders, Reuters cited Szijjarto as saying.

The joint European force should be strengthened with several tens of thousands of police and soldiers to stop the flow of migrants on Greece’s long sea border, he added.

“If it was not tragic I would laugh when I hear European officials speaking about hundreds of Frontex officers being the solution — it’s not the case,” Szijjarto told Reuters.

“If Greece is not willing to take part in this solution … we need the Bulgarians and Macedonians to talk to.”

Hungary has made preparations to quickly build a fence on its border with Romania if necessary, Szijjarto said.

“If we have to build a fence there, we are ready from the next day,” he said.

“It is more likely than ever that the southern border of the Schengen zone will be equal to the northern border of Greece (with Bulgaria and Macedonia),” Szijjarto said.


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