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Further Czech police to protect Slovenian border

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Prague, Feb 18 (CTK) – Another group of Czech police is to leave for Slovenia in March to help protect its border, Police President Tomas Tuhy told reporters on Thursday.

Slovenia asked for the fourth police group already at a meeting of the Czech and Slovenian presidents, Milos Zeman and Borut Pahor, respectively, Tuhy added.

“During today’s talks, the Republic of Slovenia presented to us concrete demands for another contingent. Consequently, we are preparing another rotation of police who will actively help their Slovenian colleagues in March,” Tuhy said.

Pahor decorated several Czech police officers after the meeting of both heads of state.

Zeman said he can see a great potential in the Czech police’s deployment abroad.

If the Czech Republic faced a strong influx of refugees, Czech police would have huge experience that they would be able to apply at home, Zeman added.

At present, the third group of some 20 Czech policemen is serving in Slovenia. They carry out security checks of the refugees entering Slovenian territory and accompany trains to the Slovenian-Austrian border.

Apart from Slovenia, Czech police helped protect the border in Hungary where their mission ended in mid-December 2015. This year, 27 Czech police officers were sent to Macedonia where they would serve until March 19.

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