Bulgaria Calls on Croatia to Reopen Checkpoint at Border with Serbia

Southeast Europe | September 25, 2015, Friday // 15:11|  views

A Croatian police officer guards the road in the no-man's land at the Bajakovo-Batrovci border crossing between Croatia and Serbia, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Batrovci is about 100 km west of Belgrade, Serbia.

Bulgaria pleaded with Croatia on Friday to immediately open the  Bajakovo crossing at the border with Serbia to Bulgarian-registered motor vehicles or redirect them to other operating checkpoints.

During a meeting with Croatia’s Ambassador Ljerka Alajbeg, the Bulgarian side expressed its serious concern over the closure of border crossings between Croatia and Serbia, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said in a statement.

The closure of the Bajakovo checkpoint on the main route linking Belgrade and Zagreb does harm to Bulgaria’s economy as Bulgarian passenger and cargo vehicles have remained stranded for days on the two sides of the Croatian-Serbian border, forming long queues, according to the statement.

Around 170 Bulgarian truck drivers are stuck between the Serbian and Croatian borders amid a row between the two countries over the ways to cope with the refugee influx, Sofia-based Nova TV reported on earlier on Friday.


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