Macedonia Extends State of Emergency on Its Borders Until End of Year

World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | March 29, 2016, Tuesday // 09:03
Bulgaria: Macedonia Extends State of Emergency on Its Borders Until End of Year A refugee woman carries a baby as she walks on the railtracks at the refugee camp of Idomeni near the Greek-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) border in northern Greece, 28 March 2016. Photo: EPA

The Macedonian parliament approved on Monday the extension of the state of emergency in force on the country's southern and northern borders until the end of the year.

Macedonian Defence Minister Zoran Jolevski said the extension was a necessary measure against the increasing number of refugees entering and passing through the country.

The goal of the extension is to ensure that the interior ministry and the army continue to fulfill their tasks on guarding and protecting the borders.

Back in August 2015, the Macedonian government declared a thirty-day state of emergency on its southern and northern borders due to the migrant crisis.

A month later, the state of emergency was extended to last until 15 June 2016, the Macedonian Information Agency (MIA) reminds.

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