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Luxembourg: DPM Lukšić participates at informal meeting of EU foreign ministers

Luxembourg: DPM Lukšić participates at informal meeting of EU foreign ministers
Published date: 05.09.2015 13:38 | Author: MVPEI

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić participated at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers (Gymnich) in Luxembourg.

The central topic of the meeting was the current issue of migration, as well as other topics from the area of European foreign and security policy.

Along those lines, Mr Lukšić underlined that Montenegro is committed to fighting irregular migration which at the same time is an important commitment within accession negotiations. He noted the need for constant development of cooperation and exchange of information, both regionally and internationally. In that respect, he said that irregular migrants use Montenegro as a transit territory for the EU countries, and they are mostly economic migrants.

Saying that it extremely important to find a long term solution for the issue of migration, Mr Lukšić recalled that Montenegro has recently taken chairmanship of the Migration, Asylum, and Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI), as a platform for coordinating activities in the area of migration, asylum, and border cooperation in the region, with the aim of ensuring better visibility of the initiative regionally and internationally, as well as widening its perspective by involving line ministries for labour and education as key aspects for a long-term solution to the issue of migration in the region and elsewhere.

“The importance of migration issues for the security and development of the Western Balkans and the EU has been recognised in a recent joint declaration in Skopje at the MARRI forum, and in that context it is necessary to boost cooperation between MARRI and the EU, with the view to efficient solution of the issue,” Mr Lukšić has said.

The meeting reiterated Montenegro’s commitment to networking, good neighbourly relations, regional cooperation, and European integration of the Western Balkans countries, as well as the importance of taking full responsibility for providing an efficient response to the migration and security challenges with the view to better connectedness in the region.

Mr Lukšić also underlined the irreplaceable role of the UN system, including the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in resolving the growing challenges in the area of mobility and migration, which are among the post-2015 development agenda priorities.