Turkish FM condemns Frontex-Greece approach to migrant crisis

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Migrants in a dinghy sail in the Channel toward the south coast of England on September 1, 2020 after crossing from France. - Migrant crossings of the Channel between France and England have hit record numbers, with thousands having arrived in small boats since the beginning of the year. The issue is politically-charged in the UK, with the country's right-wing newspapers decrying the arrivals and many ruling Conservative lawmakers calling for tougher border enforcement. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu condemned the handling of the migrant and refugee crisis by Frontex and Greece on Thursday following the refusal of MEPs to approve the body’s budget.

“Frontex is party to inhumane practices, and the refusal to approve the budget does not exonerate Frontex,” he said, adding that the “there are people who died at sea because their rafts were punctured in the middle of the sea.”

“Greece is responsible too. This is a humanitarian issue. Greece is also responsible for the deaths. As it happens right in front of them, Frontex and by extent the European Union are responsible too,” said Cavusoglu.

Source: Kathimerini

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