Finland ready to restore border controls following Paris attacks: PM

2015-11-14 22:11:27 GMT2015-11-15 06:11:27(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HELSINKI, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Finland is expected to tighten border controls due to the terrorist attacks in Paris, said Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila on Saturday.

In a press conference held on Saturday evening, Sipila told reporters that border monitoring has been tightened and police capabilities have been enhanced in Finland immediately after the attacks in Paris.

Sipila said the safety assessment of Finland need not to be raised, as the risk of terrorist attack on Finland still remains at low level.

According to Sipila, Finland is ready to restore border controls, if controls on the EU's external borders do not get to work.

He noted that if the external borders can not be well managed, the EU member states shall control the internal borders, even though the controls will hamper the free movement between the member states.

However, Sipila assured that the Paris attacks do not directly affect the situation of asylum seekers in Finland.

"Every asylum application is processed with great care and people's backgrounds are analyzed," said Sipila.

There has been a preliminary alignment between the EU member countries concerning controls on the internal borders. The issue was also discussed in the Malta summit earlier this week.

On Thursday, Sweden started its temporary border controls to cope with an increasing influx of refugees, even the measure triggered off disputes among EU countries.

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