17:33 / 09.10.2021.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Milanović on incident at border: That is not the way to behave

Croatian President Zoran Milanović

Croatian President Zoran Milanović

Foto: HTV / HRT

Today, President Zoran Milanović once again commented on the incident on the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“I believe that this is an isolated case because it would have been visible and common knowledge. Therefore, this should not be done, it is an overstepping of authority - obviously, and it is good that measures are being taken, but we must also talk a little about police officers who do a very hard job every day for a modest salary and guard the Croatian border. It is hard work in the interest of the wider community. I would not want the police to be stigmatized as a service because of this,” said President Zoran Milanović.

“Someone has to guard the border; the border is the same as the state. People who come to the border without permission and want to cross it commit a criminal offense, these are the facts. So let’s solve this case. If responsibility is established, some consequence and punishment should follow, but the problem remains - people, human beings, maybe even families gather at the Croatian border every day, who want to cross the border and go somewhere else, but it is illegal. That must not be allowed,” added the president.

When asked by journalists whether he thinks that the responsibility in this case is individual or command, Milanović said that he did not know.

“I don't believe anyone gave the order for that. The case is clearly isolated. I hope we have solved that. The border problem remains. We see that some countries, our partners from the European Union who are a little further east, would like the European Union's external border to be fenced off with wire. I would not, I consider it inhumane,” said Milanović.

Deputy Prime Ministers Tomo Medved and Boris Milosevic also spoke.

“As Deputy Prime Minister, I can only fully support everything that Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Davor Božinović and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said, and I see that the Interior Ministry has taken all necessary actions,” said Medved.

“I think that this is a serious violation of human rights, it certainly does not serve the honor of those people who did it,” said Milosevic, adding that it is important to conduct a comprehensive investigation and determine what actions are being taken to implement all appropriate procedures, from disciplinary onwards.

Source: HRT

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