Our vision is a Europe without walls and frontiers

5 November 2015
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“Our vision is to have a Europe without walls, without fences, without borders,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said during his visit to Lesvos on Thursday.

Tsipras is visiting the island together with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.
He added that EU has borders with Turkey, since the neighbouring country is not an EU country.

Referring to the fence across Evros, Tsipras stressed that “the idea of bringing unilaterally down the fence and refugees entering from Evros seems a good idea for some people who are not aware of the fact that on the other side of the river (Turkish territory) there is a minefield which is dangerous for the refugees.”

Tsipras stressed that “the dilemma for us is not whether refugees will die in the Aegean or by the mines. The issue for us is not to die. Consequently, the proper handling of the problem requires the correct preparation of the infrastructure in the Greek side and the cooperation with Turkey to stop the flow.”

“What happens in the Aegean is a crime that must be stopped,” the prime minister reiterated. “What is required is to come to an agreement with Turkey so as to reduce the flows by combating traffickers,” he added.

“These people are criminals. In order to earn some ‘black’ money, they lead people to death,” said Tsipras.

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