Construction begins on the new border fence between Greece and Turkey
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This morning, the Hellenic Prime Minister Kiriakos Mitsotakis has visited the border between Greece Y Turkey to see closely the construction of the new border fence between the two countries. It has done so at the peak of the town of Feres, where the construction of the fence has begun this week to prevent the incidents that occurred from February 28 of this year from repeating themselves. Thousands of immigrants tried to enter the country without success near the Kastaniés border post for many weeks, the vast majority from Asian or African countries, following a rumor that the European borders had been cleared.
Mitsotakis declared that the construction of the new fence on the Greek-Turkish border “is the insignificant thing that the government can do to make Greek citizens feel safe”, referring especially to the ship population. And he made it clear that he will attend the inauguration of the new fence next April. He still recalled that the existing fence “did not hold alone, but held because the Police, the Army, the border guards and the inhabitants of the area were present.”
5 meters of peak and 26 kilometers of detachment
The fence will have a total of 26 kilometers, with 8 elevated observation towers, and will be used by the army. Its construction will finish in April 2021, and includes the construction and placement of an imposing dagger fence finished by a barbed wire of 5 meters in total. Works will also be carried out to improve the 57 existing infrastructures (such as detachment posts and observatories). Additionally, the soil will be reinforced to prevent earth movements in the event of floods and new roads will be created for surveillance, as well as artificial barriers to the part of the Evro river, the river frontier for a few kilometers. The budget exceeds 62 million euros. The existing 10-kilometer fence will be repaired and reinforced, moving its peak from 3.5 meters to 4.3 meters.
Likewise, electrical installations and surveillance with drones will be improved, sound cannons will be used and the North American Guardian tanks (M1117) are expected to be delivered. EE.UU. to Greece within the scope of the signing of its martial cooperation agreement.
The ship population is very satisfied with these works, a hexahedron that, on the other hand to prevent the entry of illegal immigrants, represents a protection against frequent floods (it is an area with a lot of profusion), which will favor all the agricultural production of the zone.
More border guards
The representative of the border guards, Panagiotis Jarelas, thanked Mitsotakis for the nomination of 400 new guards (with permanent contracts) who have immediately assumed their functions in this border area, as well as another 800 in the Aegean islands closest to Turkey and another 480 in the rest of the country . These appointments will allow police forces to deploy more troops in Greek cities and towns.
The Greek authorities emphasize that, between February 28 and until August 3 of this year, more than 60,000 immigrants who tried to cross the border to continue traveling to the rest of Europe were prevented from doing so. And among those who were arrested, there were not only foreigners from Asian and African countries, but also Turks requesting orphanage, claiming to be officials opposed to the government of President Erdogan.