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Germany: Govt. urges Turkey to respect agreement on illegal migration03:16

Germany: Govt. urges Turkey to respect agreement on illegal migration

Germany, Berlin
March 2, 2020 at 16:28 GMT -00:00 · Published

The German government touched the latest reports that 'refugees and migrants who are told by the Turkish side that the way into the EU is open' at a press conference in Berlin on Monday.

"We are now seeing refugees and migrants who are told by the Turkish side that the way into the EU is open which, of course, is not true," said Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

"Europe and Turkey are connected through an agreement on controlling and preventing illegal migration as well as fighting illegal traffickers," he added, saying the government was beneficial for both sides, but that "we are surely now seeing a situation that is not in the spirit of this agreement however we didn't hear a withdrawal from the agreement."

Seibert also recognised the "extremely difficult situation" Greece and refugees are going through at the Greek border. Adding that "the situation in Idlib is key for what is happening now at the borders. And therefore we urgently need a truce for the hundreds of thousands of displaced in their own country."

At least 1,000 refugees and migrants have reached the Eastern Aegean islands since Sunday morning according to local police. A boat with 48 people on board capsized near the island's coast on Monday morning.

Germany: Govt. urges Turkey to respect agreement on illegal migration03:16
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The German government touched the latest reports that 'refugees and migrants who are told by the Turkish side that the way into the EU is open' at a press conference in Berlin on Monday.

"We are now seeing refugees and migrants who are told by the Turkish side that the way into the EU is open which, of course, is not true," said Government Spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

"Europe and Turkey are connected through an agreement on controlling and preventing illegal migration as well as fighting illegal traffickers," he added, saying the government was beneficial for both sides, but that "we are surely now seeing a situation that is not in the spirit of this agreement however we didn't hear a withdrawal from the agreement."

Seibert also recognised the "extremely difficult situation" Greece and refugees are going through at the Greek border. Adding that "the situation in Idlib is key for what is happening now at the borders. And therefore we urgently need a truce for the hundreds of thousands of displaced in their own country."

At least 1,000 refugees and migrants have reached the Eastern Aegean islands since Sunday morning according to local police. A boat with 48 people on board capsized near the island's coast on Monday morning.

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