In the shadow of the BiH Presidency inauguration on Tuesday, the BiH Border Police received one of the most important donations from German Government, worth almost half a million Euro. The donated equipment, as it was said on the signing ceremony, will improve the protection of the BiH border, in an attempt to prevent illegal migration over state territory.
The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Community of the Federal Republic of Germany donated to BiH Border Police six ATV vehicles (quads), 10 patrol boats, 3 000 NIK tests, and 11 thermal vision cameras and other night vision devices.
Director of BiH Border Police, Zoran Galić, and Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christiane Hohmann, signed the Protocol on the handover of the donation of specialist equipment worth about EUR 458 000, in Sarajevo.
Galić especially thanked Ambassador Hohmann, and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Community of the Federal Republic of Germany, for one of the many donations necessary for the operational strengthening of border surveillance.
“Given the complex situation at the border and the problem with illegal migrants, I can say that modern equipment can partly compensate for the evident staff shortages of BiH Border Police. It is very important that the Federal Ministry monitors our activities at the border, recognises our needs, and accordingly donates equipment with which we can show concrete results on the ground”, Galić said.
Ambassador Hohmann emphasized that, because of the pressure and the situation with the illegal migrants, she admires the members of BP BiH who daily make every effort to protect the border.
“Today’s donation is the most concrete form of cooperation between the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Community of the FR of Germany and BP BiH. This is the most significant donation in the previous two years, since I have been the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in BiH, but hereby we are also announcing the continuation of the support. As in the previous period, we are ready to be partners of BiH Border Police in the many challenges faced by this police agency, and to address all the problems faced by police officers”, Hohmann said.
As it was emphasized in the BiH Border Police press release, since the foundation of BP BiH, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has supported this police agency with numerous trainings and donations of specialist equipment worth about BAM 7,6 million (about EUR 3,8 million). Already, donations of specialist equipment for the work of police officers at airports have been announced for 2019./IBNA