Greece Finishes Border Fence with Turkey

World | December 17, 2012, Monday // 09:31|  views

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Greece has finished construction of a fence along the 12.5-km stretch of its land border with Turkey, according to media.

The fence has been constructed in order to keep out thousands of migrants from entering the country.

The construction of the razor-wire-topped 13-foot-tall fence took almost a year and cost the Greek budget an estimated EUR 3.2 M, RIA Novosti says.

The fence covers a short dry land stretch from Kastanies to the Greek village of Nea Vyssa, near the northeastern town of Orestiada, as most of Greece's 125-mile border with Turkey runs along a river known as Evros in Greece and Meric in Turkey.

The fence will be patrolled by Greek border guards and officers from the European Union's border monitoring agency Frontex.

Earlier in 2012, Bulgaria gave up on the idea to build a fence along its border with Turkey to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

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