ZAEV-BRNABIC: LOJANE-MIRATOVAC WILL NOT BE BUILT.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and the Prime Minster of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, shattered the hopes of the residents of Lojane and Miratovac that a border crossing nearby would soon be opened. Brnabic said that this had nothing to do with politics or the fact that the area is populated by Albanians. She explained that opening a border crossing here was not economically feasible.
"I know the residents of this region need it but whether a border crossing is opened in the future depends on what the working groups establish and decide. It's a matter of resources. There is no political dilemma or an issue we are trying to avoid. We have set up working groups whose job is to provide their opinion on whether a border crossing should be opened only 17 km from the Tabanovce-Presevo border crossing. However, at the moment, this is not a priority," said Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic.
Prime Minister Zaev said that a grant from the Norwegian Embassy was going to be used for 17 km on the Serbian side and 50 km on the Macedonian side of the border.
"Families from both sides of the border say they want it. We are here to work for their good," Zaev said.
Zaev and Brnabic said this at the press conference they held together after promoting the joint Tabanovce-Presevo border crossing.
Zaev said the one stop shop system was the crown of the good-neighborly relations.