The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, visited today the army units in the “Kuzman Josifovski Pitu” barracks in Tetovo. The third infantry battalion within this barracks is the first unit whose soldiers were sent to Debar and Centar Zupa, immediately after the declaration of a state of crisis. In the talks with the officials in the barracks, President Pendarovski was informed about the previous and current activities of the members of the Army in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the media statement, President Pendarovski said that today they discussed with the Army how to improve the synchronization with the local self-government, in conditions of emergency.
“Army units, not only here, but anywhere in the country where there is a need, will be engaged for several tasks. Apart from the control where there is a need at the entry and exit points in the municipalities, i.e. the cities and settlements, they participate in support of the Ministry of Interior, in the distribution of food and medicine to the endangered categories of the population and, of course, the special units also participate in the disinfection of public buildings or public areas, roads etc. because there are resources in the Army for that, which in this situation are available to the municipal authorities”, President Pendarovski said.
In the context of the 30 days of state of emergency that ends this week, President Pendarovski said that a session of the Security Council will be held again on Thursday at noon.
Additionally, as President Pendarovski said, if he receives a request from the Government, it is quite certain that the state of emergency will be extended for another 30 days.
“According to what I know so far, the public knows that as well, that information is shared with all of you, there is no secret, and there should be no secret regarding this pandemic, I think the chances are certain or big to declare new 30 days of state of emergency, because the environment around us, as this is a pandemic, this is not only a problem in our country, but also the internal situation, which is not escalating, but is not significantly reduced yet, require this type of engagement from all competent institutions and this type of emergency”, President Pendarovski added.
During his visit to Tetovo, President Pendarovski was briefed on the work of the local crisis headquarters in the Municipality of Tetovo, which consists of doctors from several health institutions, representatives of the Tetovo police, the Red Cross, the fire service and a representative of the Crisis Management Center. Expressing his gratitude for their unreserved engagement, President Pendarovski underlined that the mutual cooperation results in solidarity and strong cohesion.
“We are all together in this battle and we will win this battle only if we work together. None of us can meet this challenge alone. I know it is hard both mentally and physically. But we have to endure”, President Pendarovski told the members of the Tetovo crisis headquarters.