RS president calls Western Balkan countries on a joint response on the immigration/refugee crisis

RS president calls Western Balkan countries on a joint response on the immigration/refugee crisis

Republika Srpska (RS) President Željka Cvijanović said today that she would back an idea to form a mixed police and military force of the Western Balkans countries, which would be deployed to the outer borders of the region to stop a huge wave of migrants expected to arrive in the area.

“If the EU has the right to treat its outer borders this way, why should we not do the same thing? This is a huge challenge and something that can completely change the image of the future of not only the Western Balkans but of the whole of Europe. This requires a focused response from all the countries. This is the time for the Western Balkans to defend themselves collectively”, Cvijanović told reporters in Banja Luka.

She added that the countries of the Western Balkans cannot impact on the way Greece will resolve its problem, what Turkey will do and whether the EU will broker some better solution with them.

“Everything is out of control and the time has come for collective responsibility of the countries of the Western Balkans, instead of spending energy on bickering, politicking, and hatred which should have been buried here a long time ago. If these countries’ forces can go all over the world to take part in peace missions but cannot defend their own homes, then something is wrong. The time will come for such an initiative, as it is impossible to think partially about these things. Who are we if we are not able to protect ourselves but rely on others?”, she asked.

She said that it is obvious that the Agreement between the EU and Turkey is not functioning.

“I am worried because this is not happening somewhere far away from us. If migrants manage to cross the Greek border, a huge number will end up in the countries of our region. The migrant crisis can be resolved in a different way and a more credible approach by both the EU and Turkey is needed. The countries of the Western Balkans should think about how to protect themselves and not just rely on the EU to protect its outer borders”, Cvijanović said.

Republika Srpska Ministry of Interior Coordination body for monitoring the movement of illegal migrants across the territory of Republika Srpska concluded in Banja Luka that the RS police force would continue monitoring the state of illegal migration.

“In keeping with the signed agreement, the RS police will continue providing support to the BiH Border Police in protecting the border and preventing illegal crossings, and if needed, an additional number of police officers will be engaged”, the conclusions say.

The Republika Srpska police will continue working to uncover organized crime groups and individuals who are smuggling people./ibna