Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik and Republika Srpska Internal Affairs Minister Dragan Lukac yesterday in Banjaluka discussed the forming of a coordination body that would be tasked with monitoring the movement of migrants in Srpska, in keeping with conclusions of the ruling coalition in Republika Srpska.
The coordination body, which will be formed by the decision of the Republika Srpska Government, will be conducting activities aimed at monitoring the entry, stay and movement of migrants in Republika Srpska, says a press release from the office of the Republika Srpska Government.
The Republika Srpska President and Internal Affairs Minister agreed that representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Civil Protection and local communities will be involved in the coordination body.
Minister of Internal Affairs of Republika Srpska Dragan Lukac says the Government will most probably discuss an initiative from President Milorad Dodik for the formation of a coordination body to monitor the movement of migrants through Srpska at its session on Thursday.
Lukac pointed out that the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and all police administrations, the Civil Defence, as well as all local communities, especially the ones facing problems concerning illegal entries of migrants, will be involved in the authority.
“That’s how we will be able to fully control the movement of migrants through Srpska. We have neither the possibilities nor the resources to build camps or centres here, but in the humanitarian sense we can provide health care to those people if they need it and help them transit Srpska as quickly as possible,” Lukac told the press in Banjaluka on Wednesday.
According to him, migrants have lately appeared in several locations in Srpska as many have come to the place they weren’t planning to, not knowing the terrain.
“The Srpska Police respond to every report from the local residents and go out to the site and establish the state of facts. We bring those people in and give them over to the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina which are in charge of further procedure,” Lukac explained.
So far, there haven’t been any incidents involving migrants in Srpska that could have posed a risk to the local population, he added.
“Our people have no reason to worry for now, but they are understandably disturbed when they meet unfamiliar people in certain locations, not knowing who they are or what they are doing there,” said Lukac and advised the locals to contact the police in such cases at any time.
Lukac also discussed the smuggling of migrants, emphasising that it has become some of kind of a business because there are always people engaged in some kind of criminal activity, in this case the smuggling of people.
“This year the Ministry of Internal Affairs has filed 15 reports to the competent prosecutor’s office against the persons who were taken into custody for people smuggling. Many of them have tried to justify themselves by saying they only gave them a ride without knowing who they were, but such things will be proved in court,” said Lukac.
He urged all citizens engaged in traffic not to take unfamiliar persons into their vehicles because they don’t know what kind of a problem such people may cause.
Srpska President Milorad Dodik and Interior Minister Dragan Lukac met on Tuesday in Banjaluka to talk about forming an entity coordination authority to monitor the movement of migrants in Srpska, in accordance with conclusions of the ruling coalition.
The coordination authority which will be formed by a Government decision will monitor the entry, stay and movement of migrants and make sure they transit Srpska as quickly as possible, the presidential office said.