Greece: shipwrecks, Athens call on Turkey to stop departures

Greek Migration Minister: we know other boats ready to leave

06 October, 16:11

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, 6 OCTOBER - The Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachis, commented on his twitter profile on the shipwrecks which took place last night off the Greek islands of Lesbos and Kythira. "The Coast Guard and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs are doing all they can. We are talking about smugglers who put people on board ships who have no idea how to deal with the sea. I have publicly asked Turkey to intervene, as we have information proving there are other ships that are about to attempt a similar journey from Turkey with winds in the Aegean sea reaching 7 on the Beaufort scale", he stated.

    In the first hours of the morning, Mitarachis, again through his twitter profile, stated: "I call on Turkey to act urgently and immediately to impede all illegal departures due to the poor weather conditions. Many lives were already lost at sea in the Aegean Sea, people are drowning after boarding ships that are ill-equipped to make such a journey. The European Union must act". Even the spokesperson for the Greek government, Yannis Economou, expressed his sadness and commented: "Until Turkey will not apply the law, until it will support smugglers, until it will not honor the signed agreements, unfortunately we will find ourselves before similar tragedies". For the moment the total number of deaths at sea stands at 17, with 30 people missing.(ANSAmed).

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