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FM Dimitrov: Still no recommendation to close borders with Serbia, Kosovo

Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said Friday that the Infectious Diseases Commission still hasn't submitted an official recommendation to close borders with Serbia and Kosovo.

Skopje, 3 July 2020 (MIA) – Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov said Friday that the Infectious Diseases Commission still hasn’t submitted an official recommendation to close borders with Serbia and Kosovo.

“Complications have occured during transit [of passengers] with information missing from PCR test results. It’s crucial consultations on the matter continue, because all decisions made in the region and EU are guided by the health aspect. There’s no politics or friendship involved, what matters most is epidemiological data,” Dimitrov told reporters after presentation of the “Prespa forum for dialogue” idea.

If no clear recommendation is issues today, he added, talks should continue. Stakeholders, the FM, said are monitoring the situation in neighboring countries.

Regarding the ban on travel for Macedonian nationals to EU member states until the country registers on average 20 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 citizens in 14 days, which means under 400 new cases in two weeks, Dimitrov noted that if we all abide by measures we’ll meet this precondition for countries whose nationals are allowed entry in the EU.

“There are three key criteria on EU’s free travel list. Changes are possible as the situation develops. The first precondition is that the country has registered around or under 20 new cases per 100,000 citizens in the past 14 days. Second, the number of new cases should be stable or decreasing for 14 days. And finally, importance is placed on the number of tests carried out, monitoring of contacts,and accuracy of information. Thus, the more we wear face masks and avoid contact with people, the sooner we’ll reach the goal of 400 new cases in 14 days,” the FM told reporters.

Dimitrov stressed that the ban does not apply to essential travel, regulated residence, education, humanitarian purposes, etc, adding that stakeholders are in contact with countries of interest to establish protocols for travel of business community representatives and people who own properties abroad.

Прес конференција на работната група за поддршка на преспанскиот регион

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