The leaders of Kosovo and Montenegro have said they believe Germany should designate their countries as “safe” countries of origin. This status should make it more difficult for people to be granted asylum in Germany.
According to a report published in Tuesday’s edition of the German business daily “Handelsblatt,” both Kosovo’s Prime Minister Isa Mustafa and his Montenegrin counterpart, Milo Dukanovic made their wishes clear in letters to the German member of the European Parliament, David McAllister.
“We are in favor of Kosovo being classified under German law as a safe country of origin,” Mustafa wrote, adding that political persecution or torture did not exist in the Balkan nation.
According to the report, Dukanovic’s letter to McAllister struck a similar tone.
“I am convinced that Montenegro meets all of the conditions to be classified as a safe country of origin in the spirit of the German law,” Dukanovic wrote. He added that he saw no reason why any citizen of Montenegro “must seek asylum in a European or other state.”
In view of the sentiments expressed in the letters, McAllister, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, (CDU) called on her government to move swiftly to declare Kosovo and Montenegro countries of safe origin, a status that should make it more difficult for their citizens to be granted asylum in Germany.
Izvor: RTV Montenegro