Afghan and Pakistani people sit in front of Hungarian police officers at the Hungarian-Serbian green-border, nearby Asotthalom village on June 18, 2015 after being stopped at the border. AFP PHOTO / CSABA SEGESVARI
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Hungary's plans to build a fence along the border with Serbia to stop a flow of migrants reaching the country were met with criticism both in the Balkans and the European Union Thursday, with the Serbian prime minister saying he was "shocked and surprised" by the project that could isolate his country.Announcing the plans, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said Wednesday the 4-meter (13-foot) -high fence along the 175-kilometer (109-mile) southern border with Serbia wouldn't contravene any of Hungary's international legal obligations."We don't want to live in an Auschwitz," Vucic said, referring to the Nazi-run World War II concentration camp.He told state TV that Serbia must not be blamed for the refugee crisis, because it is only a transit country on the migrants' route from EU countries like Greece and Bulgaria.EU spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud also was critical of Hungary's plans.
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