Reiner: Troop deployment along border depends on security assessment

Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner said on Tuesday that whether or not troops would be deployed along the border to stop refugees and migrants depended on a security assessment, while former Defence Minister Ante Kotromanovic said that Croatia should not hurry in taking such a decision.

"It's hard for me to say at this point if it is necessary to send troops to the border. Some countries have done so, and whether or not Croatia will need to do the same will depend on a security assessment," Reiner said in response to questions from the press.

Reiner said that it was yet to be seen whether or a not a new Defence Bill would be introduced to allow the deployment of troops along the borders.

Kotromanovic said that a solution to the refugee crisis should be sought by forcing Greece, as a country on the external border of the European Union's Schengen passport-free zone, to do its job. The EU "should monitor developments and force Greece to do what is necessary. Then it will be easier for Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria."

Kotromanovic said that Croatian troops were ready and, if necessary, could be deployed on the border in a matter of hours. But the legal requirements for that must be met first, he added.

The former minister suggested that the new government, just as the previous one, approach the issue without hurry because there was no danger. He expressed hope that Croatia would not end up with wire fencing on its border.

Kotromanovic said that the Croatian Army had done a good job in dealing with the refugee crisis, recalling that it had provided logistical support to the Ministry of the Interior in organising a refugee reception centre.

Last update: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 14:24
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