President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Wednesday that full control of the state border was absolutely necessary but that this did not mean closing the border nor treating migrants inhumanely, but protecting Croatia's national security.
"It seems that when it comes to the migrant crisis, everything is coming back to what I said at the very beginning, which was that full control of the border was absolutely necessary. This doesn't mean closing the border, it doesn't mean treating migrants inhumanely. It only means protecting national security, and the migrants themselves, who are often a target of terrorism and terrorist attacks," the president told reporters in the Istrian town Labin.
Asked what the army's role would be if it was deployed on the border, Defence Minister Josip Buljevic, also in Labin, said the army's role would be the same as now, helping migrants in the humanitarian sense. "The army is already providing logistical services and it could assist the police in controlling the border, if necessary. The army will be deployed as assistance to the police if necessary."