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Fence on Greek-Turkish border addresses EU problem, DM emphasises

Δημοσίευση 7 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 13:33 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Fence on Greek-Turkish border addresses EU problem, DM emphasises
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"Our country, which is the main gateway for non-legal migrants toward the European Union, is acting on behalf of the Union and the other countries of Europe must have the sense that we are handling this huge European problem in their name," Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Thursday, in reply to questions concerning plans for a fence that Greece intends to put up along its land border with Turkey.

"Our country, which is the main gateway for non-legal migrants toward the European Union, is acting on behalf of the Union and the other countries of Europe must have the sense that we are handling this huge European problem in their name," Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Thursday, in reply to questions concerning plans for a fence that Greece intends to put up along its land border with Turkey.

Comments on the planned fence were also made by Turkish Minister of State Egemen Bagis, in charge of Turkish accession talks with the EU, who noted that the fence's construction did not target Turkish citizens but illegal migrants that formerly entered the EU via Morocco, Algeria and Portugal but were now entering via Greece and Turkey.

"The construction of a wall on the Greek-Turkish border will not be a solution but simply transfer the problem elsewhere," he said.