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    Austria Deploys Tanks at Border to Stop Illegals, Italy Calls Envoy

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    Austria deploys tanks at border, Italy calls envoy
    04 JULY, 20:27

    By Denis Greenan).

    ROME - Austria deployed tanks against possible migrant incursions on its border with Italy Tuesday prompting Rome to summon the Austrian ambassador to clarify matters.

    Meanwhile European Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker said Italy would have European solidarity "in deeds and not just words" - and the EC said in a new migrant action plan for Italy, which allotted 35 million euros and called for a new coordination centre in Libya, that Rome should draft a code of conduct for NGO ships rescuing asylum seekers off Libya. The Italian foreign ministry summoned the Austrian ambassador after Vienna said it was ready to deploy up to 750 troops at its border at the Brenner Pass "very soon" unless the flow of migrants from Italy diminishes. "I think that border controls will be activated very soon and an army deployment will be necessary," Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil was quoted as saying by the Kronen Zeitung newspaper Tuesday. He added that the measure will be "indispensable if the flow of migrants from Italy does not diminish". Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz then defended the plan. "Our preparations for controls at the border with Italy are not only just, but also necessary," Kurz said. "We are preparing to defend our border at the Brenner if that is necessary".

    Four Austrian military Pandur armoured vehicles have reportedly been taken to the Brenner Pass and they could be used in the migration control operations announced as possible by Doskozil. Austrian news agency APA reported the measures, including the deployment of the 750 troops, could be activated within three days. The Italian foreign ministry in Rome said in a statement that the Austrian Ambassador to Rome, René Pollitzer, had been summoned on Tuesday morning by the ministry's Secretary General, Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni, "following the declarations of the Austrian government about the deployment of the troops at the Brenner".

    Both Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano and Interior Minister Marco Minniti said the Austrian initiative was completely unjustified.

    Alfano said "with Austria we are seeing last year's film: they were talking about walls but then we saw that no migrants passed through: there is no justification for this attitude. No one passes through the Brenner".

    Italy should prepare a code of conduct for NGO ships carrying out search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean, the EC said in its action plan to ease migratory pressure on Rome. The plan should be drafted in consultation with the EC, and on the basis of dialogue with the NGOs, it said. Italy has said it will instruct NGO rescue ships not to enter Libyan territorial waters. It has also mooted barring non-Italian NGO ships from Italian ports, a threat that will be a key issue at an informal meeting of EU interior ministers in Tallinn on Thursday and Friday. France and Spain have already said they will not open their ports to such ships.

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    No need for border controls with Italy, says Austria


    Austria has sought to dampen a row with neighbour Italy after it prompted outrage from Rome by threatening to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering.
    “There is no need to employ temporary border controls … with Italy,” a joint statement from Chancellor Christian Kern and his Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said on Wednesday.

    Doskozil on Monday caused uproar by suggesting that Vienna was prepared to mobilize troops along the main Brenner mountain pass through the Alps between Italy and Austria to protect his country from migrants.

    In response, Italy summoned Austria's ambassador and Interior Minister Marco Minniti warned that Vienna's “unjustified” threat could impact security cooperation between the two countries.

    Kern's media office told AFP he had spoken with Italian officials on Wednesday “to remove any misunderstanding”.

    The United Nations' migration agency said this week that the number of people arriving in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean in 2017 had topped 100,000.

    Italy has taken in nearly 85 percent – most of them sub-Saharan Africans crossing from conflict-ravaged Libya – and has pleaded for help from other European Union nations, saying it is struggling to cope.

    Minniti said Wednesday that other EU countries should share the burden of the migrant crisis.

    “It's difficult to think of an international rescue mission while leaving the problem of receiving (migrants) to a single country,” he told lawmakers in Rome.

    Italy is hosting an international conference on Thursday aimed at tackling the ongoing migrant influx, as European Union ministers meet in Tallinn to discuss ways of better managing the crisis.
    https://www.thelocal.at/20170706/no-...y-says-austria

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    Yes, they've been going back and forth with this for over a year now. Thousands and thousands keep seeping in, but they're not willing to do anything before the big wave.

    For them it's just showing each other who's the boss. For people in Tyrol anything short of keeping the external borders of Europe tight it's all a choice between the plague and cholera: Closing the Brenner pass means cornering our brethren. And keeping it open means both parts of Tyrol would be swamped.

    If there's ever been a good case why the EU didn't achieve Tyrolean unity but only cemented the unacceptable status quo then it is now: If South Tyrol was reunited with the rest of Tyrol, we could just build a fence at the Salurner Klause and wait and watch...
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    That it should be a crime to defend one's own borders these days. Sick world we live in.

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