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France: Brexit won't affect EU's commitments to Balkan states - Hollande02:39

France: Brexit won't affect EU's commitments to Balkan states - Hollande

France, Paris
July 4, 2016 at 15:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

The UK's decision to leave the EU "does not in any way question the commitments that have been taken with regard to countries in the Balkan region," said French President Francois Hollande in Paris, Monday evening.

Speaking at a press conference after the Western Balkans Summit, Hollande added "the conditions initially set will be respected and should be verified." He went on to announce that an agreement on youth exchanges and the establishment of a so-called 'Balkan youth office' has been reached during the summit, comparing it to a similar agreement between France and Germany in the 1960s.

"We must ensure that the Balkan countries will control their own citizens to avoid immigration," Hollande warned. We decided upon an operational cooperation in this area. And again we need everyone. Because if one of us fails, it is all of us who will be unsafe," the French leader stated.

Concluding his statement he reminded the attendees that Europe's main objective is peace, saying "Europe is peace, and there is peace thanks to Europe."

The press conference came after European leaders met with the leaders of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia at the Western Balkans Summit in a bid to strengthen cooperation in fields like security, the migrant crisis and the fight against terrorism.

France: Brexit won't affect EU's commitments to Balkan states - Hollande02:39
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The UK's decision to leave the EU "does not in any way question the commitments that have been taken with regard to countries in the Balkan region," said French President Francois Hollande in Paris, Monday evening.

Speaking at a press conference after the Western Balkans Summit, Hollande added "the conditions initially set will be respected and should be verified." He went on to announce that an agreement on youth exchanges and the establishment of a so-called 'Balkan youth office' has been reached during the summit, comparing it to a similar agreement between France and Germany in the 1960s.

"We must ensure that the Balkan countries will control their own citizens to avoid immigration," Hollande warned. We decided upon an operational cooperation in this area. And again we need everyone. Because if one of us fails, it is all of us who will be unsafe," the French leader stated.

Concluding his statement he reminded the attendees that Europe's main objective is peace, saying "Europe is peace, and there is peace thanks to Europe."

The press conference came after European leaders met with the leaders of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia at the Western Balkans Summit in a bid to strengthen cooperation in fields like security, the migrant crisis and the fight against terrorism.

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