PM Tsipras says confident EU-Turkey summit will yield results on refugee flows

29 November 2015
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras expressed confidence on Sunday that today’s EU-Turkey Summit on the refugee crisis in Brussels will be constructive and that solutions will be found to tackle the flows.

“Today the EU-Turkey summit is an important step in our efforts to tackle the refugee crisis effectively and in a humane way. Turkey is a candidate country of the EU, so we’re looking forward to trying to reinforce this relation in the existing negotiating framework,” he said speaking to journalists as he arrived for the meeting.

He noted that the EU should make important steps in Turkey’s accession process but also ensure that Turkish authorities will do “whatever they have to do” to decrease the flows of refugees and migrants because numbers of arrivals have become unmanageable.

“We’re in the most difficult position since WWII, this is the biggest refugee crisis Europe has ever faced, so we have to move forward rapidly and I’m confident that this summit is in the correct direction,” he added. “I think that if we have the same purpose, to try to communicate and cooperate we can find a way.”

He also noted he visited Turkey last week where he held constructive talks with Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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