Ron Synovitz interviews Czech Foreign Minister Karel Swarzenberg on the Belarus Boycott of the EU-Eastern Partnership Prague meeting on Monday, March 5.
Swarzenberg tells RFE/RL: “Well, they were invited to the meeting — the Visegrad Four with the Eastern Partnership neighbors because basically [Belarus is] one of the Eastern Partnership neighbors. But they declined to come. They said that they are not invited at the foreign minister’s level, which is true, due to the events — let’s put it that way — which happened in Minsk. And so they didn’t come. But they are still part of the [Eastern Partnership] program.”
Over the past couple of years, the Macedonian village of Lojane, which borders Serbia, has become a stopover on the illegal migration routes to Western Europe. Immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and some Arab countries spend days here trying to find their way into the European Union. But Serbian police make their attempts to cross the border more difficult and many illegal immigrants stopped anywhere in Serbia are also sent back to Lojane. (RFE/RL’s Macedonian Service)