The border continues to be closed, Ivanov appeals for a solution

The border continues to be closed, Ivanov appeals for a solution

Skopje, 16 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

FYROM continues to keep its border closed and not allowing any refugees to cross it in the past 24 hours. According to information published today by the Ministry of Interior, no refugees have been allowed entry in the country.

Meanwhile, those refugees who entered the country illegally yesterday, were sent back to Greece.

From the beginning of the year until 15 March, 89 thousand refugees have entered the country, 2 thousand of them are inside the territory, 1500 are in the transit camp of Tabanovce on the border with Serbia and around 500 in the camp of Gevgelija in the border with Greece.

FYROM continues to keep its border closed. This decision followed Serbia’s decision and the decision of other countries of the Balkan route to do the same.

As far as the refugee crisis is concerned, the country’s Security Council convened last night presided by president George Ivanov.

Following this meeting, Ivanov said that such attempts to cross the border illegally were expected, but he demanded for such situations not to be allowed again.

Ivanov said that the latest refugee crisis where people enter the country illegally comes as a result of the lack of communication between authorities in Skopje and Athens. President Ivanov said that security authorities continue to take measures on the border to prevent the crossing of illegal refugees. /ibna/