After Greece, Bulgaria to build wall on Turkish border

Bulgaria, another Western neighbor of Turkey, has announced that it will also build a fence along its border with Turkey.

After Greece, Bulgaria to build wall on Turkish border

World Bulletin / News Desk

Following Greece's heavily criticized announcement of plans to attempt to prevent immigrants flowing into the debt-choked country, Bulgaria, another Western neighbor of Turkey, has announced that it will also build a fence along its border with Turkey, aiming to prevent the passage of animals infected with foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Bulgaria plans to immediately build a 140-kilometer-long fence along its Turkish border to prevent animals infected with foot and mouth disease from entering the country, Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food Miroslav Naydenov announced during a visit to the southeastern border village of Rezovo on Tuesday.

Naydenov said that the issue will be discussed with European Union experts, who are in Bulgaria as a result of a second outbreak for the disease, noting that a meeting with Turkish authorities is envisaged to look into the fence construction.

Naydenov said that the fence will be paid for through the state budget, while Yordan Voynov, director general of the National Veterinary Service, told reporters during a press conference in Sofia on Monday that Bulgaria would request funding from the EU for the fence to prevent the entry of wild and domestic animals into its territory.

A second FMD outbreak was reported on Monday in Rezovo, on the border with Turkey. All animals -- some 200 cows, pigs, sheep and goats -- are to be culled. The first outbreak was reported last week in the village of Kosti, 30 kilometers northwest of Rezovo, where all 500 animals have already been culled.

According to Bulgarian media, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Sunday that there have been over 1,100 FMD outbreaks in Turkey, stressing that the last case of FMD in Bulgaria was found in 1998.

Naydenov, meanwhile, speaking with Turkey's Anatolia news agency, stressed that the planned fence is “not a wall,” as he also noted it will not be electric and will be constructed three kilometers away from the border.

“Let our friend Turkey build a similar barrier; it would benefit both sides,” Naydenov was quoted as saying by Anatolia, as he called the fence “symbolic.”

Naydenov said that EU candidate Turkey is both a friend and a neighbor of Bulgaria.

“If both Bulgaria and Turkey have fences located away from the border line, we can control the spread of diseases harmful to livestock by limiting the passage of domestic and wild animals,” he added.

Last week, Greek Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis said the fence planned by his country should help cooperation with Turkey, rather than straining it.

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