Migrant Issue Prompts Top Croatian Officials to Convene National Security Council

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ZAGREB, March 3, 2020 – President Zoran Milanović said on Monday afternoon that he had agreed with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković to soon convene a meeting of the National Security Council over the potential new migrant influx in the coming weeks.

However, Milanović said that he did not expect a huge tide of migrants soon, but the council would be convened “for the purpose of decision-making, if necessary.”

“It may turn out to be unnecessary, however, who knows what can still happen,” Milanović said during his visit to the Croat community in the Austrian city of Eisenstadt. Earlier in the day Milanović also visited Vienna for talks with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Von der Bellen.

Milanović, who served as Croatia’s prime minister during the 2015 migrant crisis, added that this time nothing resembling those developments five years ago would occur again.

“Nevertheless, we must brace for (every scenario),” the Croatian president underscored.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that “millions” of migrants and refugees will soon head towards Europe, foreign media outlets have reported. Erdogan has been quoted as saying that Turkey could not cope with a new wave of refugees after an escalation of the Syrian conflict.

Milanovic also informed reporters that PM Plenković had telephoned him to say that he and Interior Minister Davor Božinović would soon fly to Greece to discuss the latest developments surrounding the migrant issue.

More news about the migrant crisis can be found in the Politics section.


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