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Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Wednesday that he would try to have police from Austria and Germany, as they are destination countries, do migrant profiling on the Greek-Macedonian border together with Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian and Macedonian police officers to avoid minor misunderstandings during migrants' entry into their final destinations.

Orepic told reporters he would discuss the matter with his Slovenian counterpart on Monday and travel to Vienna on February 24 and Brussels on the 25th to discuss problematic details.

Responding to a question, Orepic said he did not know that Slovenia was thinking about sending the army to the border. He added that he and his Slovenian counterpart would discuss how to solve profiling problems.

He said the transport of migrants from the Macedonian border to Sid, Serbia was also problematic. He suggested organised transport to make it more humane and simpler for migrants and to stop those who avoided profiling.

Asked about the 154 migrants whom Slovenia returned to Croatia last weekend and what would happen if their number grew, Orepic said this was due to a "misunderstanding in profiling."

Asked if Croatia had imposed a migrant quota, he said "there's no quota."

Given that Croatia has sent riot police to the border with Serbia, reporters asked if he had talked with the minister of defence about sending troops and if there was talk of putting up a wire fence. Orepic said this was not on the agenda. "We will only be able to monitor the green border."

Orepic said he expected an agreement to be reached at a meeting of police chiefs from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia in Zagreb tomorrow. He said these were operative meetings. "Every time we encounter a problem, we meet all together and solve it."

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