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English17/06/2019

PALMER AND NELSON EXPLICITLY AGAINST FORMATION OF RESERVE POLICE FORCE

 

SARAJEVO, June 17 /SRNA/ - The Deputy Assistant US Secretary of State, Matthew Palmer, and the US Ambassador to BiH, Eric Nelson, are explicitly against the formation of a reserve police force in Republika Srpska, Republika Srpska Police director Darko Ćulum said on Monday.

 

He has told reporters that both Palmer and Nelson clearly said this at Monday’s meeting with representatives of security agencies in BiH.

Ćulum has stressed that he expressed regret at the meeting that “the initiative to form a Republika Srpska reserve police force was understood that way.”

“This is an initiative and a supposition to create prospects in a law for the formation of a reserve police force which would make up 20% of the regular police force. I explained to them that this would not mean that 1,000 members of the reserve police force would be admitted immediately, but that this is a process that would last for years and that this is a cheaper variant for us since young men aged 18-25 would be admitted, men who would be selected the way they are selected for admission to the Police Academy,” Ćulum explained.

He has said that he told Palmer and Nelson that the formation of the Republika Srpska reserve police force is now in the competence of the Republika Srpska National Assembly.

Ćulum, who attended the meeting on behalf of Republika Srpska Interior Minister Dragan Lukač, has said that he informed the US diplomats of Srpska’s positions on the migrant crisis and illegal migrations, that is, of what the Republika Srpska Government and the coordination body monitoring the movement of migrants across the territory of Srpska are undertaking regarding this issue.

“I informed them that the Republika Srpska Government so far allocated KM 1.5 million for equipping police, for fuel, per diems for police officers…I informed them that the Republika Srpska Government is intensively monitoring the migrant crisis and that it has good cooperation with all police agencies at the level of BiH when it comes to exchanging information on migrants and migrant crisis,” Ćulum said.

He has told Palmer and Nelson that the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs was the first to recognize the danger of migrant crisis and was the first to warn about it.

“The Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs has signed an agreement with the Border Police and has allocated 85 police officers as aid to the Border Police, and it is ready to increase the number to 100-200 police officers if necessary. This won’t be a problem for the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs,” Ćulum said.

He informed them that there is a Protocol from the year 2016 pertaining to a migrant crisis by which police agencies at the level of BiH obliged themselves to cooperate and coordinate when it comes to exchanging information on the migrant crisis.

“There is little talk about this agreement; no one has mentioned it so far, and it was signed by the Entity Ministries of Internal Affairs and police agencies at the level of BiH,” Ćulum said.

He has said that Palmer and Nelson did not insist on the initiative to engage the BiH Armed Forces in resolving the migrant crisis.

“They are familiar with the BiH Presidency’s decision on this. There was an initiative on exchanging data and information on migrants and on certain coordination, which we certainly are doing,” Ćulum said. /end/sg