Aus­tria to send troops to bor­der amid tight­ened con­trols

Asian Journal - - World -

Vi­enna: The Aus­trian fed­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced it will send 2,200 armed forces troops to its borders to help po­lice con­trol the on­go­ing asy­lum seeker cri­sis. The news was an­nounced by Chan­cel­lor Werner Fay­mann and Vice-Chan­cel­lor Rein­hold Mit­ter­lehner at a press con­fer­ence in Vi­enna, Xin­hua re­ported. Fay­mann said the troop de­ploy­ment was re­quested by the in­te­rior min­istry, and will pri­mar­ily over­see hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, but will also help in a bor­der con­trol ca­pac­ity where the need arises. He stressed that as with Ger­many’s tight­ened re­stric­tions, the borders would not be closed, and that the Schen­gen Agree­ment rules would still ap­ply.

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