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PACE President reacts to declaration of migrant state of emergency

Reacting to the surge in the number of arrivals in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, and the government’s decision to declare a state of emergency at its borders, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Anne Brasseur today expressed solidarity with the authorities, while cautioning the government about the possible implications of this decision as regards Council of Europe standards.

“I share the concerns of the authorities which have to face an unprecedented and serious situation. At the same time, I stress that any measures taken by the authorities must comply with the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Council of Europe has the right tools to provide appropriate support. I am going to contact the country’s parliamentary delegation to enquire about the role our Assembly can play,” said the President.

“This situation once again confirms that the migration and refugee phenomenon is not something that can be addressed in isolation by individual countries but needs to be looked at from a European and global perspective, in which all countries play their role and take a fair share of responsibility.

I will discuss this issue with the Chairpersons of national delegations to the Assembly at our next meeting during the September 2015 part-session,” concluded the President.