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Greece finalises plan to build wall on border with Turkey

By: AP | Athens |

Up to date: October 19, 2020 10:14:08 pm


Males are proven attempting to loosen the border fence on the Turkish aspect on March 7 on the Turkish-Greek border in Pazarkule, Turkey. (Felipe Dana/The Related Press)

Greece’s authorities says it has finalised plans to increase a wall alongside its northeast border with Turkey, over issues that migrants might attempt to stage mass crossings into the European Union nation.

Authorities spokesman Stelios Petsas stated Monday that 26 kilometers (16 miles) of wall can be added to an present 10-kilometer (six-mile) part in a 63-million-euro (USD 74 million) undertaking because of be accomplished by the top of April.

A standoff occurred on the border earlier this yr after Turkey stated it will now not stop migrants attempting to succeed in the EU, and tens of 1000’s tried to cross into Greece.

The 2 international locations are additionally at odds over power rights within the japanese Mediterranean in a dispute that has triggered a harmful navy buildup within the area and fears of battle.

4 Greek development firms have been chosen to construct the brand new wall and improve the prevailing part of fencing, operating alongside or near the Evros River, which types a lot of the border between the 2 international locations.

The wall will likely be made utilizing galvanizder ministry.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the border area on Saturday after a check set up of a bit of the brand new wall.

The variety of migrants and refugees touring from Turkey to Greece fell sharply this yr through the pandemic and after the border standoff prompted harder border policing. Turkey has accused Greece of illegally pushing again migrants reaching its islands within the japanese Aegean Sea, a cost that Athens denies.

Turkey hosts the biggest variety of refugees worldwide, at practically four million folks, largely from Syria, in response to the U.N. Refugee Company.

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