Turkey says EU 'hasn't respected all commitments'

Lack of Syrian legal travel, visa liberalisation, EU accession

19 March, 18:53

    ISTANBUL- Turkey's Minister for European Affairs on Monday tweeted that the EU hasn't respected all of its commitments regarding the EU-Turkey migrant accord.

    "Thanks to the EU-Turkey statement of 18 March 2016, the daily average of illegal crossings" from Turkey to the EU "has dropped from 7,000 in October 2015 to about 43. Turkey has acted according to the principle of pacta sunt servanda and has adhered to all of its obligations relative to the 18 March accord. Unfortunately, the EU has not honored all of its commitments," he tweeted, two years since the agreement on refugees was signed.

    "We are still waiting for the EU to activate the Voluntary Humanitarian Admission Scheme, which would provide legal ways for Syrian migrants to travel" and for the EU "to take concrete steps on accession talks, visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens and the upgrading of the Customs Union".

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