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Sobotka dismisses Zeman’s suggestion firemen could help guard borders

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Prague, June 5 (CTK) – No firefighters will be sent to the border in connection with migration, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said on Czech Television yesterday reacting to President Milos Zeman’s recent words.
Sobotka said this is an improvisation that is far away from reality and that does not solve the migrant crisis.
Zeman’s spokesman Jiri Ovcacek wrote on Twitter that if someone has always been improvising in relation to migration, it is Sobotka.
Zeman is presenting feasible solutions for the benefit of the Czech Republic, Ovcacek wrote.
Zeman spoke about the possible deployment of firefighters to protect the Czech border if there were an influx of migrants during his visit to the South Bohemia Region on Friday.
He said the firefighters would help the police and military guard the border.
Ovcacek wrote that Hungary has effectively used water cannons in protecting its border.
“Our security corps do not have enough of them. In reaction to an influx of migrants, firefighters must also be deployed,” he wrote.
“If there were any incidents, we have the police, mainly the foreigner police, and the military,” Sobotka said in the Questions of Vaclav Moravec on CT.
Sobotka said a solution rests in returning the migrants, a better protection of the Schengen border and easing the problems in the countries from which the migrants are coming to Europe.
He said the government fully controls the security situation in the Czech Republic. He repeated that the Czech Republic is not the migrants’ country of destination and transit is minimal.
“Politicians should propose and push trough feasible solutions in relation to the migrant crisis,” Sobotka said.
He said big numbers of migrants should not reach the Czech border at all and he pointed out the closure of the Balkan migration route and the EU-Turkey deal on returning the immigrants.

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