Safety of Croatian citizens, stability of state come first, president says


President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Thursday commented on the fact that about 5,500 migrants had entered Croatia over the past 24 hours, saying a too high number of refugees had entered without control and that the safety of Croatian citizens and the stability of the Croatian state must come first.

Speaking to reporters in Pula, she said she was not happy with how the previous night passed. “Yes, of course, Croatia has shown a humane side, but I stress that the safety of Croatian citizens and the stability of the Croatian state come first. I believe that a too high number of refugees entered Croatia on the first day without control.”
She said there was no need for so many people to arrive in one day because Croatia “simply can’t meet the needs of those people and provide for them.”
She stressed that migrants and refugees could not enter Croatian territory without control, by avoiding border crossings. She said entry in Croatia must be under constant supervision “because we must know where the refugees are” at all times.
“It’s very bad that they are entering through cornfields, that the border isn’t functioning as it should, and I resolutely demand tighter border control and that it be crossed only at official border crossings.”
The president said the National Security Council would discuss all this on Friday. “”The humanitarian aspect is one side of this crisis. However, the other side is certainly the security, economic, social and all other aspects.”
She said citizens must be informed about everything and prepared because she did not want to see in Croatia “the scenes we have been seeing in the neighbouring countries.”