Macedonia not to build new refugee centers: interior minister

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-24 01:12:30|Editor: yan
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SKOPJE, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Macedonian authorities are not planning to build new refugee accommodation centers with the existing two to deal with any potential refugee surge, said Oliver Spasovski, Macedonia's interior minister on Friday.

Macedonia has two refugee centers, one in Gevgelija in the south and another in Tabanovce in the north, which served as transit centers in the migrant crisis.

The minister said that Macedonia was well prepared to address the refugee crisis.

"These two centers are enough and they will play the same role if there would be a surge in the migrant wave," said Spasovski.

Spasovski visited Friday the Vinojug accommodation center in Gevgelija along with Slovakia's Ambassador to Skopje Martin Bezak to welcome a fresh contingent of police officers from Slovakia, the eighth rotation of police from the country.

"We are monitoring the situation and we will keep doing the same work as before, which has been praised by the countries along the Balkan migrant route and by the international community," Spasovski told reporters.

Slovakian ambassador said that in these eight rotations, Slovakia had deployed 190 police officers to Macedonia.

"Our police officers are helping their colleagues here in Macedonia to guard the border while some dozen policemen are going to be sent by the year's end," Bezak stressed.

While assuring that Slovakia would keep helping Macedonia, Bezak noted that it was in Slovakia's interest the Balkan route remained closed, local media reported.