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FYROM Prepare to Raise Fence on Border with Greece
By Philip Chrysopoulos -
Nov 15, 2015
FYROM Prepare to Raise Fence on Border with Greece The Security Council of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has ordered the army to start preparations to erect a fence on the border with Greece to contain the refugee influx.
According to an AP report. FYROM President Gjorge Ivanov presided at an emergency Security Council meeting late Saturday in light of the Islamic State attacks in Paris. Officials are concerned that if other countries where asylum-seekers are headed shut their borders, FYROM will end up keeping more migrants and for a longer period of time.
Ivanov has claimed that more than 8,500 migrants have entered the country unregistered through illegal border crossings from Greece.
AP says that a statement issued after the meeting says the FYROM Security Council “emphasizes that a fence would not be aimed at closing the border, but channeling and limiting the flow of the migrants.”
The statement also says “this step would be taken as a last resort.”