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Minister Gerhard Karner: I saw the fence between Bulgaria and Turkey and there is still a lot of work to be done

Photo: AP/BTA

In an interview with the public Austrian television ORF, Austrian Minister of the Interior, Gerhard Karner, reaffirmed his firm position against the expansion of the Schengen area, BTA has reported. 

To a comment from journalists that Bulgaria and Romania have fulfilled the conditions set for them to enter Schengen and that the position of imposing a veto has been sharply criticized by the European Parliament, the President of the European Commission and the President of Austria, Karner replied: "As Minister of the Interior, my task is to endure this criticism. I am responsible for the security in the country. It is also a fact that I saw the fence along the border between Bulgaria and Turkey. I was together with the federal chancellor on the spot and it is clear that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done."

A meeting on the topic between Bulgarian Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehamer is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Vienna.

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