Croatia refuses to take back economic migrants from Slovenia, says minister

Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said on Tuesday that Croatia had again rejected Slovenia's request that it take back a small group of economic migrants and that five or six days ago economic migrants attempted to enter Croatia from Serbia by avoiding the agreed checkpoint at Sid, but "the control of the state border was such that they failed to break through."

A total of 439,840 migrants have passed through Croatia since mid-September, he told reporters at the Slavonski Brod refugee transit centre.

Ostojic announced that he would go to Macedonia to talk with its interior minister about stopping the flow of economic migrants on the Macedonian-Greek border. "This issue is expected to be the topic of this week's video conference of the interior ministers of the countries along the refugee route."

Asked about the security situation and last night's bombing in Zavidovici, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Ostojic said he was in contact with Bosnian officials. "Of course we're not indifferent. Any security event or any form of terrorism isn't a problem in someone else's yard but our problem too. That's how we see the situation related to France, that's how we see the events that already occurred in BiH as well as all other events around the world."

Ostojic said security measures were already on the highest level in Croatia and that "the usual special measures are being undertaken" because of the arrival of US Vice President Joe Biden and other statesmen in Zagreb on Wednesday for a conference.

Last update: Wed, 25/11/2015 - 09:38

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