Turkey:negotiations with EU on visa abolition to start,press

20 June, 14:35

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, 20 JUNE - Today, the daily newspaper Hurriyet reported that Ankara and Brussels are allegedly about to start negotiations on future abolition of visas for Turkish citizens in the EU; in return, the government of the Islamic Nationalist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ready to sign an agreement concerning re-admission of illegal immigrants passing through the EU territory through the border with Greece.

According to the daily newspaper's expert in EU Affairs Zeynel Lule', the 27 Member States Coreper and the Council for Social Affairs might5 give the green light to negotiations with Turkey with regard to visa abolition, currently one of Ankara's priorities. Turkey, indeed, complains about being "discriminated" against other candidate countries. Turkey might allegedly accept to sign an agreement on re-admission of illegal immigrants as required by the EU. The Chair of the Italian Parliament Schengen Committee recently stated that the Greece-Turkey border serves as "a transit for approximately 150,000 illegal immigrants a year," and it is "the first access gate for immigrants from Asia" to Europe, while the EU Commissioner for Internal Affairs Cecilia Malmstroem said that this phenomenon "has achieved an alarming size."According to Hurriyet, the abolition of visas for Turkish citizens might enter into force three years after the entering into force of the re-admission agreement. (ANSAmed).

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