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EU voices solidarity with Czech Republic in light of Canadian visas, but does not discuss retaliation
28-07-2009  Rosie Johnston

The European Union has voiced its solidarity with the Czech Republic in light of Canada’s decision to re-impose visas for Czechs, but at a meeting of the bloc’s foreign ministers on Monday, plans to introduce retaliatory visas for Canadians across the EU were not discussed. According to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt after the meeting, any decision on whether to implement visas for Canadians would first have to be discussed by the European Commission. On Monday, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout said that no decision would be made by the commission before September. Ottawa decided to re-implement visa restrictions for Czechs on July 14 after a wave of Czech Roma applied for asylum in Canada.

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