Friday, October 16, 2015

Turkey: No deal on EU migrant crisis

A woman holds her child wrapped in an emergency blanket shortly after arriving with other migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos
Turkish officials have stressed that a plan agreed by EU officials for joint action with Turkey on the migrant crisis has not been finalised. The leaders agreed to speed up visa liberalisation talks for Turks if Turkey stems the influx. They also promised to "re-energise" talks on Turkey joining the EU and to consider more aid. However, Turkey's Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said the agreement was still a draft. He called the financial measures proposed by the EU "unacceptable", according to the AFP news agency. Earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had made scathing criticisms of Europe's reaction to the crisis. "They announce they'll take in 30,000 to 40,000 refugees and then they are nominated for the Nobel for that. We are hosting two and a half million refugees but nobody cares," he said.

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