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Army presence to increase in several cities, says Defense Minister

An increased number of Army members will be deployed to several cities throughout the country, to assist police officers and local government units when necessary, Defense Minsiter Radmila Shekerinska underlined at a press conference Thursday.

Skopje, 16 April 2020 (MIA) – An increased number of Army members will be deployed to several cities throughout the country, to assist police officers and local government units when necessary, Defense Minsiter Radmila Shekerinska underlined at a press conference Thursday.

“Additional Army units will be deployed to Skopje, Tetovo, Gostivar, Debar, Struga, Ohrid, Strumica, Kumanovo, Bitola, Prilep, etc, to help municipal authorities and police forces properly implement protective measures,” Shekerinska said.

Military power, she pointed out, is used to protect lives.

Regarding the situation in Kumanovo, the Minister said that putting the entire city under quarantine will just be throwing money at the problem.

“The only measure that really works is social distancing. We can quarantine the city, but it would all be in vain if people start gathering in the streets, at the supermarkets, banks, parks. No quarantine can save the people who don’t protect themselves,” Shekerinska said.

Army units, she stressed, participate in the fight against the coronavirus in several ways.

“Army units guard state borders, police checkpoints, important buildings. They have also constructed a field hospital and help disinfect areas. Army members distribute food packages to vulnerable categories and offer assistance to local authorities and police forces,” Shekerinska said.

The Minister, who took part Wednesday in a video-conference of NATO defense ministers dedicated to the fight against COVID-19, underlined that all ally armies perform the same tasks.

Meeting participants presented the countries’ viewpoints on how to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus spread, but Shekerinska also underlined the importance of comparing how each country uses military power to deal with the situation.

“I was glad to see that all ally armies undertake identical activities to deal with the pandemic and assist civilian authorities in mitigating the effects of its spread,” Shekerinska said.

Meeting participants discussed how NATO member states deal with the pandemic and how NATO can assist them in their efforts.

“We agreed to help each other deal with this global health crisis, which will definitely have financial implications. However, we have to make sure that the health crisis doesn’t become a security crisis. We discussed how to offer quick and efficient assistance and show that we’re stronger together,” Shekerinska said.

Meeting participants extended congratulations to the Minister on North Macedonia’s full-fledged NATO membership, while she thanked our friends from the United States, Turkey, Czech Republic, Norway, Hungary, Slovenia, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Bulgaria for sending aid during this unprecedented crisis.

“This was our chance to show that we don’t sit and wait someone to help us, but we also help others,” Shekerinska said.

She called on citizens to respect coronavirus preventive measures.

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