Skopje, 25 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonia will collaborate in order to cope with the refugee crisis, but also in the fight against terrorism. This was declared today in Skopje, in a meeting between Bosnian Defence minister, Marina Pendes and Macedonian Defence minister, Zoran Joleski.
Responding to journalists’ questions if the refugee crisis can have negative consequences for the stability of the region, the Bosnian minister said that this is something which exceeds the responsibility and ability of reaction by countries which are not NATO and EU members.
Minister Joleski said that EU will send a number of police officers in the southern border of FYROM to assist in coping with the refugee crisis.
“A number of my colleagues, when they talk about assistance for our country, they think of material technical assistance, equipment that the Army needs to perform its tasks on the border in support of the Ministry of Defence”, Joleski said.
To the question if the country will strengthen the army’s presence on the border with Greece, Joleski said that the army is present in border areas.
“At this moment on our southern border, we have around 200 soldiers and depending on the needs, that number may go up to around 1000”, Defence minister Joleski said.
The Bosnian delegation has visited the Center for the training of pilots in Petrovec in Skopje. /ibna/