Turkey Reluctant on Bulgarian Border Fence Over FMD

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | January 19, 2011, Wednesday // 12:50| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Turkey Reluctant on Bulgarian Border Fence Over FMD Rezovo is a village on the Bulgarian-Turkish border close to the Black Sea coast. Photo by BGNES

A Turkish official have opposed to Bulgaria's idea to rebuild the border fence between the two countries as a measure against the recent foot-and-mouth-disease outbreak in Bulgaria.

The planned rebuilding of the border fence will not be an effective measure against the spread of the disease, according to Hassan Cebi, Head of the Regional Agriculture Department in the city of Kirklareli, as cited by the Bulgarian National Radio.

He has stated that no infected animals have been found in his region, while hundreds of Bulgarian farm animals have already been slaughtered as a preventive measure to stop the FMD outbreak.

The planned rebuilding of the border fortifications, which existed between the two statesduring the cold war period, was announced on Tuesday by Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov in the village of Rezovo in Bulgaria's southeasternmost corner, where the Bulgarian authorities localized a second outbreak of FMD, in addition to the cases in the nearby village of Kosti in the Burgas District.

Earlier on Wednesday, the European Commission said it was contented with the measures that Bulgaria has taken to fight the foot-and-mouth disease in the village of Rezovo and is ready to provide full technical and financial support.

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