The Deputy Assistant US Secretary of State, Matthew Palmer, and the US Ambassador to BiH, Eric Nelson, are explicitly against the formation of an auxiliary police unit in Republika Srpska, confirmed Darko Ćulum, Republika Srpska Police director on Monday.
He told the Press that both Palmer and Nelson clearly said this at meeting with representatives of security agencies in BiH. Ćulum stressed that he expressed regret at the meeting that “the initiative to form a Republika Srpska auxiliary police unit was understood in that manner.”
“This is an initiative and a supposition to create prospects in a law for the formation of a auxiliary police unit which would make up 20% of the regular police force. I explained to them that this would not mean that 1 000 members of the auxiliary police unit would be admitted immediately, but that this is a process that would last for years and that this is a cheaper variant for us,” Ćulum explained.
He added that he told Palmer and Nelson that the formation of the Republika Srpska auxiliary police unit is now in the competence of the Republika Srpska National Assembly.
Ćulum, who attended the meeting on behalf of Republika Srpska Interior Minister Dragan Lukač, has said that he informed the US diplomats of the RS’s position on the migrant crisis and illegal migrations, that is, of what the RS Government and the coordination body monitoring the movement of migrants across the territory of Srpska are undertaking regarding this issue.
“I informed them that the Republika Srpska Government so far allocated BAM 1,5 million for equipping police, for fuel, per diems for police officers, etc. I informed them that the RS Government is intensively monitoring the migrant crisis and that it has good cooperation with all police agencies at the level of BiH when it comes to exchanging information on migrants and migrant crisis,” Ćulum said.
He has told Palmer and Nelson that the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs was the first to recognize the danger of a migrant crisis and was the first to warn about it.
“The Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs has signed an agreement with the Border Police and has allocated 85 police officers as aid to the Border Police, and it is ready to increase the number to 100-200 police officers if necessary. This won’t be a problem for the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs,” Ćulum said.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer, who stayed in Bosnia and Herzegovina last week, met on Monday with officials of police agencies in the country, at the US Embassy in Sarajevo./ibna