The process of preparing for the demarcation of the Ukrainian-Belarusian state border continues in the Exclusion Zone

During the XVIII meeting of the Joint Ukrainian-Belarusian Demarcation Commission in Pinsk, the working groups of both countries discussed issues of demarcation of state borders within the boundaries of the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve on the part of Ukraine and the Polissia State Radiation and Ecological Reserve on the part of Belarus. This process began as a result of the agreements between the presidents and the governments of Ukraine and Belarus.

In particular, at the meeting, experts considered the draft documents prepared by the Ukrainian side that establish the procedure for carrying out work in the affected areas: Program for the safe conduct of work on the demarcation of the state border in the Exclusion zone and the zone of unconditional (mandatory) resettlement and the Regulations on radiation safety during the work with demarcation in the exclusion zone and the zone of unconditional (mandatory) resettlement. Both documents were developed by specialists of SSE «Ecocentre», with the participation of employees of the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Reserve and State Enterprise «Ukrainian State Aerogeodetic Enterprise».

«One of the key issues of this meeting is the organization of work on the perimeter of the Exclusion Zone, since only within the limits of our Reserve is more than 150 km in common with the Belarusian border. Work on this site needs special attention, because the border here passes in the 1st and 2nd radiation-regime zones, where there is a special sanitary and transit regime», – Taras Melnychuk,

Director of the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve.
According to the Prospective Plan for the delimitation of the state border, part of the main work is scheduled to be completed by 2023. Issuance and signing of final demarcation documents is scheduled for the end of 2026.

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