Migrants: Greek minister, Adriatic?Desperate people find way

Xydakis, long-lasting solution necessary, let's work with Turkey

11 March, 09:43

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 10 - ''The Adriatic route? Desperate people find their way. I don't think that those who have fled death, bombings in Aleppo, ISIS's atrocities, will be afraid to cross rivers, mountains or seas'', Greece's Minister for Foreign Affairs Nikos Xydakis said during a visit to Rome. ''This is why we need a long-term solution''.

    According to the minister, who met with his Italian counterpart Sandro Gozi, ''Turkey holds the keys to the door.

    Greece is at the beginning of the corridor. Some European countries have closed borders, so we must talk and trust our neighbor, Turkey, which has the keys to the door. The Turkish proposal (on migrants) needs to be evaluated, perhaps we can find a solution with them''.

    For Greece, the words of EU Council President Donald Tusk, who thanked Balkan countries on migrants, ''are unacceptable'', said Xydakis, who believes ''unilateral actions must be condemned. We defend Schengen, the principles of the European Union. Closing borders is not the right policy to confront this global problem. No European leader wants to go back to the cold war era. Building barbwire walls is not our way of doing things''.

    ''We are not only hoping to save Schengen, it is our duty. We must do it by all means, maintaining human respect for refugees'', added Xydakis. Along with Gozi, the minister also met with Foreign Undersecretary Vincenzo Amendola and Deputy Interior Minister Filippo Bubbico with whom he mostly discussed the migrant crisis, as well as issues relevant to Europe and the Mediterranean. (ANSAmed)
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