The Croatian military is ready if needed to assist police at the border in the event that the number of migrants increases. Plans and instructions exist and around 2500 soldiers stand ready.
The military would not only assist in prevention of illegal border crossing but firstly in logistic support, transport, food and shelter. However, certain concrete documents should be adopted regarding the possible engagement of the armed forces.
“Five years ago we had a big migrant wave. That will most likely not happen again, but if something similar happens we will have to - me, the government, the prime minister and all those that lead the country and all those that assist - sit down as soon as possible and agree to what we will do in a situation that we can't clearly foresee. When we have already changed the law on the engagement of the Croatian military, and the possibility for the Croatian military to assist police in border security, we must clearly adopt a decision on what the rules of engagement are for the armed forces. That can only be done through united and rational policy and political parties,” said President Zoran Milanović.
“I have already instructed the Chief of General Staff to prepare all the needed plans and we are ready. We have experience from the Homeland War when the military and police were together. Clearly, we were never in this position to secure the border together. There are many rules and procedures, but if needed, I believe that with one discussion, one communication, all of that can be done,” said Minister of Defence Damir Krstičević.
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