Turkey sanctions “slave trade” says Greek President

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German President Joachim Gauck (R) and Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (L) shake hands at a press conference during their meeting at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, 18 January 2016.

Turkey sanctions “slave trade” says Greek President


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During his official visit to Berlin, the President of Greece accused Turkey of sanctioning slave trade.

Prokopis Pavlopoulos told Süddeutsche Zeitung that he fears “Turkish smugglers have the support of the authorities,” although he said this does not mean they have the backing of the country’s leadership.

Speaking to his counterpart on Monday, Pavlopoulos told Gauk the EU was in need of “Europe-wide” solution, an indirect praise of Chancellor Merkel’s backing of the European Commission’s mandatory refugee resettlement program. Gauk, in turn, referred to the refugee crisis as the biggest since World War II, evoking a powerful analogy.

In reference to the €3 bn to support extended from Brussels to Ankara to deal with the refuges crisis, Pavlopoulos said he expected Turkey to admit illegal economic migrants that are not refugees – “because Turkish authorities are not doing their job” – in line with standing bilateral agreements.

According to the UN, Turkey has registered more than 2.5 million and Greece has recorded 800,000 arrivals via Turkey. Speaking to Daily Sabah on Saturday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Brussels that unless the €3 bn promised in aid funds were released immediately, more refugees would hit EU shores.  Cavusolgu suggests that Turkey has already spent €5,9bn ($8bn) on refugees.

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