Tsipras, Davutoglu Announce Measures to Tackle Refugee, Migrant Flows

Tsipras, Davutoglu Announce Measures to Tackle Refugee, Migrant Flows

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday announced specific measures - such as closer cooperation between coast guards in Greece and Turkey and cooperation mechanisms between their respective ministries - to curb illegal migration and the action of refugee traffickers along their shared borders.
In joint statements after their meeting in Ankara, they also announced that the 4th Greek-Turkish High-Level Cooperation Council (HLCC) will be held in Turkey in February.
Tsipras noted that there were "open issues" in bilateral relations between the two countries, while emphasising that the refugee problem could not be solved without a political solution in Syria. "Unless a political solution to the problem in Syria is found, we will not be able to tackle the [refugee] issue, whatever we do," he said.
Tsipras said the Greek side took a positive view of opening new chapters in EU accession talks with Turkey, provided that these did not then "close easily and on the hoof. 
"They can open and the terms must then be met," he added.
Referring to the Cyprus issue, Tsipras said he will encourage the two communities on the island to reach a viable agreement.
 
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