Situation tense, Croatia bringing too many refugees - Slovenian PM says

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Monday that the migrant situation on the Croatian border was "tense" and that Croatia was not honouring agreements on the number of migrants it could bring to the border.

"The situation is tense and escalating because Croatia is not honouring agreements and is bringing too many migrants to our border," he told reporters, adding that this was unacceptable for Slovenia.

Although there are no signs for now that Germany will close its border for migrants, Slovenia will do everything it can, were that to happen, to prevent too high a number of migrants from remaining on its territory which could lead to internal problems, Cerar said, adding that Slovenia was communicating with Croatia to clear up the current misunderstandings.

"We can receive only so many migrants in transit as we can send onward in a short time. We cannot receive them in numbers that we would not be able to provide for," Cerar said.

He did not rule out tighter protection on the border with Croatia if the number of migrants Croatia was sending did not decrease. "Sealing off the border isn't possible because physical obstacles don't stop people, but we will adapt protection to circumstances and introduce stricter border control with technical means. If necessary, the army will assist the police."

The Interior Ministry state secretary coordinating refugee operations, Bostjan Sefic, told reporters that Slovenia must restrict the arrival of refugees because the number of those being received by Germany, Sweden and other countries was decreasing.

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 12:32
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