JOINT PATROLLING AT THE LAKE
Members of Macedonian and Albanian border police conducted for the first time Wednesday a joint patrolling at the Lake Ohrid, Makfax correspondent said.
The joint cross-border patrolling was envisioned in the treaty on cooperation between the Macedonian and Albanian police, in line with the SEE Police Cooperation Convention, adopted in May 2006.
The primary goal in launching mixed police patrols is to strengthen the co-operation between Macedonian and Albanian police in the border area in a bid to prevent the cross-border organized crime, said Ohrid Police Station chief Goran Dostinoski, adding that security situation at Ohrid Lake is stable.
The main problem is caused by fish thieves, as no law in Albania bans fishing. Quite often, the fishermen from Albania enter Macedonia's territorial waters. Furthermore, a number of Macedonian citizens accidentally enter Albania's territorial waters during summer holiday season, Dostinoski said.
The launching of mixed police patrols will curb illegal crossing of the border and also curb the trafficking in human beings, said Sali Gorica of Albanian Lake Police.
Another problem is that there is no physical border between the Macedonian and Albanian part of Ohrid Lake. The lake border was disrupted during Albania's riots 10 years ago.