Defence Minister Radmila Shekerinska, together with the Chief of General Staff of the ARM, Major General Vasko Gjurchinovski, visited today the members of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia in the Bogorodica Watchtower and the Army checkpoint in Bogdanci.
The continued presence of the Army in support of the operations of the MOI at the southern border shows that this is a problem that Macedonia should not neglect, said Minister Shekerinska. She added that in 2018 the members of the ARM managed to prevent more than 500 illegal attempts to cross the border, while that number in the previous years was several times bigger.
Minister Shekerinska said that the citizens of Macedonia can peacefully and calmly celebrate the upcoming holiday days precisely because the members of the Army care about collective security, night and day.
“I believe that it is important especially in these days when we are preparing for holidays, to express our gratitude to the members of the ARM who are not at home with their families, but are here and carry out tasks for the citizens of Gevgelija, Bogdanci, but also for the whole of Macedonia to not fear of danger to the security or stability of the country”, the Minister said.
Shekerinska said that in the talks with the ARM members and the military leadership, they spoke of the ways to increase the cooperation between the different institutions and improve the equipment available to the Army.
“The Government has shown that it can reward this unselfish and very important conduct by the members of the ARM. Last year the salaries of all members were increased by 10 percent, this year they will be increased by an additional 5 percent, which means that for the first time we will practically have a salary increase for two years in a row. I was pleased that at the end of last year we managed to finish two very important processes – providing boots and uniforms for the members of the ARM, but our goal has been set much higher – to discuss real equipment, to discuss modern ways not only for the protection of the border, but for the work of the Army as well”, the Minister said after the tour of the Bogorodica Watchtower near Gevgelija.
The members of the ARM have been deployed on our southern border since the summer of 2015, as a measure for strengthening the security of the border from the illegal migration wave, and in the assistance and support of the Ministry of Interior and Border Police.