Turkey won't take back refugees already on Greek islands

The Turkish EU minister has said that anew proposal will not include any refugees currently on the Greek islands

Turkey won't take back refugees already on Greek islands

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkir has said a proposed readmission agreement with the European Union will not include refugees that have already reached the Greek islands as they seek to enter Europe.

"Turkey's readmission proposal to the EU will not apply to the existing refugees on Greek islands but to those who will come starting from a certain date after their [existing ones] evacuation," he told Anadolu Agency's Editors' Desk on Thursday.

His remarks came after EU leaders discussed a wide range of proposals by Turkey to solve the refugee crisis Monday, including the return of all irregular migrants, accelerating a visa-liberalization process for Turkish citizens and sharing the work of hosting Syrian refugees.

Bozkir maintained that it would be right to speak of thousands or "maybe tens of thousands of refugees" to be returned to Turkey, not hundreds of thousands or millions, if the readmission plan with EU is enacted.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Mart 2016, 12:22