Greece protests at exclusion from Austria refugee meet

Vienna has invited interior and foreign ministers from nine Balkan states, but chose not to invite Greece

Greece protests at exclusion from Austria refugee meet

World Bulletin / News Desk

Greece on Tuesday protested to Austria for being left out of a planned Balkans refugee meeting to be held this week, the foreign ministry said.

"Through this one-sided and not at all friendly move towards our country, there is an attempt to take decisions in Greece's absence that directly affect Greece and Greek borders," the ministry said in a statement.

Vienna has invited interior and foreign ministers from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia to a Wednesday meeting called  "Managing Migration Together".

Greece has accused Austria of undermining efforts to reach a joint European response to the migration crisis by siding with hardline EU members.

Vienna has moved closer to the Visegrad Four group -- Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic -- in their call for tighter EU controls inside the passport-free Schengen zone.

Vienna last week also introduced a daily cap on asylum-seekers, sparking EU fears of a domino effect along the Balkan refugee trail.

Hundreds of Afghans have already been stranded in Greece following a decision by Macedonia at the weekend to refuse them passage to northern Europe after Austria's move.

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