Croatian Democratic Union president and First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko said on Tuesday that the Defence Act would be amended so that the army could help the police on the border in dealing with refugees and migrants.
"The Croatian army can assist the police in guarding the borders in some specific and special situations. One such situation can be the arrival of a greater number of those suffering people who left Syria and other countries. We must protect our border as Slovenia, Hungary, Austria etc are doing," Karamarko said in Donja Stubica.
He said he wanted the border to be under control and the refugees, in the number agreed with neighbouring countries, to be directed to legal border crossings and to be transferred in a legal and humane way across Croatia into the country they wanted to reach.
He said former Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic "doesn't know what she's talking about" when she said that sending troops to the border would be unnecessary militarisation and that if there was no war, there was no reason to deploy troops to the border. "There's no war but we have too few police to meet all the demands. The army serves to assist the police in such situations."