Greece’s role is ‘central’ in EU’s dialog withTurkey on guarding borders

28 November 2015
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Greece is playing a central role in the European Union’s dialog with Turkey as the main issue is to better control the Greek-Turkish border, a German government official said ahead of the EU-Turkey Summit meeting.

“It cannot be done without Greece,” the official said, adding that the EU’s action plan doesn’t include joint sea border patrols of the Greek and Turkish coast guard.

“Because the issue is the better control of the Greek-Turkish borders, Greece plays a central role. We discussed extensively with the Greek Prime Minister on all these matters. In this context, it should be seen and it is important the Prime Minister was in Turkey and discussed with the leadership of Turkey,” the official said.

“There was certainly a bilateral agenda but also this agenda (ie the refugee crisis). Without Greece it cannot be done and no one wants to do it against the will of Greeks,” he added.

The official also said it is also in Greece’s interest to secure its borders and take control of the situation. “It is very difficult to do this with today’s numbers (of refugee arrivals).”

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