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Lithuania’s President Says Turkey’s Contribution Is Essential To Overcome The Migration Crisis

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Open Eyes Opinion {source: LTgov}


Turkey’s contribution is essential to overcome the migration crisis






Sunday, November 29, Brussels – President Dalia Grybauskaitė is in Brussels attending the EU-Turkey summit at which Turkey is represented by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

The summit has been held to manage the flow of Syrian refugees crossing Turkey.

“The migration crisis cannot be overcome without assistance from third countries, especially Turkey.

The largest wave of refugees is coming to Europe via Turkey; therefore, we must seek solutions together. It is better to invest into collaboration now than deal with even more serious consequences later,” the President said.

This year alone, 575 thousand refugees have arrived in the EU via Turkey. This country, which shares a border with war-stricken Syria, is itself facing a very serious problem of migration.

Turkey has granted asylum to more than 2 million refugees and has already spent 8 billion U.S. dollars to host them.

EU and Turkey’s leaders will adopt a joint political declaration agreeing to hold regular EU-Turkey summits, to pursue acceleration of talks on Turkey’s EU membership and visa liberalization, and to develop a high-level political dialogue in the fields of energy, economic policies and customs union.

The need to implement, without delay, the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan adopted at the European Council meeting in October is emphasized as an essential element in the declaration.

Turkey will contribute to ensuring proper control of its border with the EU, strengthen its border guard capabilities and collaboration with the European border agency Frontex, exchange information with neighboring Community countries, handle refugee registration procedures and speed up the return of economic migrants whose lives are not in danger.

The European Union will allocate 3 billion euros to implement the measures set out in the Action Plan.

{source: Press Service of  Government of Lithuania}
[photo credits-featured image: By Voice of America News: Henry Ridgwell on Turkish border, “Refugees Flee Aleppo; Hot, Barren Turkish Camps Await”. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]
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