A further 35 members of the Slovenian Armed Forces have begun to carry out additional tasks to protect the state border. On the southern border of Slovenia there are 130 soldiers or a strengthened company, SV Miha Kuhar, head of the SVU operation, said. Otherwise, the BSF members at the border have been supporting the police since 2015.
To date, 35 additional members of the Serbian Armed Forces (CS) have begun to carry out additional tasks to protect the state border. On the southern border of Slovenia there are 130 soldiers. "I would like to emphasize that we co-operate with them all the time, we coordinate all the tasks and continue the same way in the future" – he said Miha Kohar.
What is the task of soldiers at the border?
The main task of the Air Force is joint patrolling in mixed patrols with the police on the national border, as well as independent patrolling and surveillance. "We also patrol lightweight armored vehicles, support the maintenance of light technical barriers, and sometimes we control the state border with unmanned aircraft by executing a full range of tasks, "he explained.
The number of soldiers at the border can be increased at the request of the police
The powers of the ISS to control the state border are regulated by the Defense Act. That is why, according to Kohar, it would be difficult to satisfy the wishes of the Illyrian-Episcopal mayor Emil Roachwho wants the ISS to have more power on the border than before.
"However, if the Slovenian Government decides otherwise, we can also carry out tasks under Article 37.a of the Act and I must emphasize that we are ready for this" he said.
SV executes the tasks requested by the police. At present there are 130 soldiers in the area of the state border and the number of them may increase at the request of the police. Otherwise, soldiers in mixed patrols also ensure that in case of an attack on a policeman they are adequately reacted and protected.
The request to increase the number of OSCE staffers was received by the police last week, not just after the increased pressure from illegal migrants found in Illyricka Bistritsa.
In addition, 35 members of the ISS will operate in mixed patrols in the Koper Police Department, while their work will be used, inter alia, by surveillance equipment as well as by armored vehicles.