|Posted by moodhacker on September 22, 2016 at 11:30 AM|
The refugee issue dominated a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday in New York, and according to government sources the two leaders reaffirmed the need to support the EU-Turkey agreement.
The Turkish President said the agreement also depends on the relationship between the two countries, while the same sources said that the Greek side "welcomes it."
They also referred to Turkey's efforts to reduce refugee flows as last year there were 5,000-7,000 arrivals every day and now refugee flows have been reduced to 150.
Greece still supports Turkey on the issue of visas, provided - as indeed for any other similar issue - that the criteria set by the European Union are followed, while it supports the EU accession process of Turkey, always provided that Turkey meets those provided in the roadmap.
Moreover, Greece supports the assistance to Turkey to address the refugees in its territory.
The two leaders confirmed that at this stage it is extremely useful all the issues to be solved through dialogue and understanding.
Erdogan also referred to the eight military officers who have sought asylum in Greece. Tsipras said that Greece had initially made clear that the issue is dealt with on the basis of those provided by international law.
Regarding the Cyprus issue, Tsipras raised the issue of security, saying that the aim is to form a solution which, according to the firm positions expressed by Greece and which the prime minister reiterated the issue of security of all Cypriots will be examined provided that the Turkish forces will withdraw from the island.
According to government sources, Erdogan did not reply to issues concerning the Cyprus problem, adding that the overall response was to continue with cooperation and closer talks to address all open issues.