Deputy labour minister holds talks on migration issues with Cyprus government

Deputy Labour Minister Anna Dalara, currently on an official visit to Cyprus, was received by Cyprus President Demetris Christofias on Friday in a meeting dominated by the issue of migration.

The minister said they had agreed that the two governments should closely coordinate their actions in this area, while they had analysed ways of managing migration flows. She had also outlined the Greek government's initiatives for a comprehensive and effective migration policy and arguments for the necessity to share out the migration burden among EU countries.

In addition to the Cyprus president, Dalara met the Cyprus ministers of the interior and labour, Neoclis Sylikiotes and Sotiroula Haralambous, respectively, briefing them on action taken by the Greek government for legal migrants living in Greece and for managing migration flows.

"We have steady and constant cooperation with the Cyprus side but also a substantial agreement of views. I especially want to underline the value of the initiative of Mediterranean countries to develop coordinated action on issues of migration, refugees etc," Dalara said.

The Greek minister said that Greece was grateful for the Cyprus government's expression of understanding and support for the problems faced by the country due to its geographical position, which made it a gateway for migrants trying to get into Europe.

She stressed the need to review the Dublin II treaty and discuss dividing the burden of migration between EU countries, noting that Cyprus' EU presidency in 2012 would be an opportunity to examine new ideas and practices on these issues.


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