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Army preparing terrain for possible border barrier with Greece

Army preparing terrain for possible border barrier with Greece

Skopje, 19 November 2015 (MIA) - The Macedonian Army informed that it has began preparing parts of the southern border with Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, for the possible erecting of a barrier whose role would be to control and direct the flow of refugees. The proposal was raised following the meeting of the Macedonian National Security Council, convened by President Gjorge Ivanov after it became likely that some of the perpetrators of the Paris terror attacks have used the Balkan refugee route to reach France.

Army spokesman, Colonel Toni Janevski, told MIA that the units deployed near Gevgelija are clearing up the terrain, in case a decision is made to put a border barrier. "Preparations are also on-going in planning for the necessary resources", Colonel Janevski said. According to the National Security Council, the option to place a barrier on the border would be used only in the case of absolute necessity, such as if countries further north, up the refugee route, close their borders, creating cascading backlogs all over the Balkans.

Gevgelija is the main border crossing used by the refugees coming from the Middle East through Turkey and Greece toward the Balkans, on their ultimate way to Germany and other northern European countries. Over 400.000 people are estimated to have used the route since the mass refugee crisis began about a year ago.cc/12:44

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