Barrier placed at Batina border crossing, Interior Ministry says

The Interior Ministry officially confirmed on Thursday that "technical obstacles" were set up at the Batina border crossing with Serbia.

The ministry said in a press release that a barrier was set up under the border surveillance law to prevent possible illegal crossings and that it could be activated, if necessary and in line with the security situation, to block the bridge across the Danube and the road leading to the border crossing.

The ministry said there were no security threats in that area at the moment. This is the first time that Croatia set up a barrier on its border.

Traffic was stopped on both sides of Batina shortly after 8 pm on Wednesday without announcement or explanation. Media reported this morning that a wire fence was being erected. The fence was allegedly put up because of several hundred migrants on the Serbian side of the border who want to enter Croatia.

The chair of the parliamentary Domestic Policy and National Security Committee, Ranko Ostojic, told reporters he had warned earlier that the migrant crisis might happen again and that all state bodies must have an urgent response ready.

A former interior minister at the time of the migrant crisis, Ostojic said "a fence is not the solution" to the migrant crisis, as shown by Hungary which, despite restrictive laws, failed to fully stop the migrant flow.

He said the problem could not be solved without a uniform European Union policy and that the EU must deal with it by implementing its agreement with Turkey. "Migrants are coming from the Schengen Area and this must be solved at the source."

Last update: Thu, 30/06/2016 - 15:03

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