President Zeman meets with army-chief of staff over migrant crisis

President Miloš Zeman has met with the army chief-of-staff Josef Bečvář to discuss the ongoing migrant crisis and the possibility of using the army to secure the country’s borders against the growing number of illegal migrants. The army chief-of staff assured the president that the military was ready to react flexibly to the needs of the country should the government request such assistance. He said the army was prepared to deploy up to 2,500 men in the border areas. Earlier this week President Zeman and the heads of both houses of Parliament, Jan Hamáček and Milan Štěch, stressed the need for the EU to strengthen its external borders. They agreed that if that is not done in the foreseeable future then the Czech Republic should strengthen its own borders against the growing influx of illegal migrants.