Jan S. Krogh's Geosite: Byelorussia (BY) - Lithuania (LT) Border Fence
The three members from Denmark of IBRG's GBBE
expedition: From left Mr. Peter Hering, Mr. Jesper Nielsen and Mr. Hans Peter
Nissen are studying the newly erected boundary fence at the
Byelorussian-Lithuanian border at Dailides near the village of Dieveniskes. At
this point the Lithuanian highway no. 104 is running only 5 metres from the
Installation of a new, light-constructed, open-spaced
and two-meters high security fence will be finished November 2003 in some strips
of the 653 kilometer long Lithuanian-Byelorussian border. According to the
Lithuanian daily "Respublika", specialist analysis showed that a high
increase of security is needed in all border control posts, for example
Raigardas, Medininkai and Vaivoriskes.
Currently border security is controlled by cordon
mobile teams and pedestrian patrols. Ofiicers' work is eased by helicopters and
special termovision watch system.
The Lithuanian border with Byelorussia as well as
her border with Russia are treated as future outer European Union borders.
Improvement of its security and control receives largest investments and border
patrol human resources from the European Union, the agency Baltic News Service
reported on 19 July 2003.
This article was written Summer 2003. Lithuania joined the EU
at 1 May 2004.