Slovenia to use army to help guard border in migrant crisis


Slovenia’s government had proposed amendments to its Law on Defence overnight, Prime Minister Miro Cerar told the national radio Radio Slovenia, adding that the new law would enable sending army troops to the border to help the police handle the pressure caused by thousands of migrants arriving from Croatia after Hungary had closed its green border.

According to Reuters, Slovenia’s parliament is expected to approve changes to its laws later on Tuesday to enable the army to help police guard the border, as thousands of migrants flooded into the country from Croatia after Hungary sealed off its border.

The government had proposed amendments to its Law on Defence overnight, after 8,000 migrants crossed in Slovenian territory on Monday. Only 2,000 of them passed into Austria, Reuters said.

“This is not about enforcing an extraordinary condition, it is about strengthening control on the border,” Reuters cited Prime Minister Miro Cerar as saying.
The government has not given details of the proposed changes to the law, but issued a statement stressing Slovenia’s lack of capacity to deal with the influx and calling on fellow EU countries to help.

“Therefore Slovenia publicly calls upon the (EU) member states and the European institutions to actively engage in taking over this burden,” the Slovenian government said.