Turkey accuses Greece and EU of pushing back refugees


ANKARA – Unpunished by the European Union for violating an agreement by letting human traffickers continue to send more refugees and migrants to Greece, Turkey accuses both the EU and Greece of allegedly having them saying repressed.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu took note of the decision of the European Parliament (EP) to reject a funding program for EU border control Frontex and said that Greece was trying to prevent asylum seekers to enter, said the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.

“We have also been asked for additional information and documents in this regard. The EP has launched an investigation. The EP did not approve Fronex’s 2022 budget… part of this budget was used to push back migrants,” Çavuşoğlu said.

“Frontex has participated in inhumane practices. Failure to approve the budget does not discharge Frontex. Deaths have occurred after these pushbacks,” the minister added, citing cases of refugees who drowned while trying to cross from Turkey to five Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.

“Greece is also responsible for the deaths. Since the incidents happened before their eyes, Frontex, and therefore the EU, is also responsible. Those responsible must be held accountable,” he said.

Çavuşoğlu was talking about the resignation of Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri, who is being investigated by the EU’s anti-fraud agency and has denied any complicity in the alleged pushbacks.

Under the 2016 swap deal with the EU, Turkey is believed to contain some 4.4 million refugees and migrants who have traveled there fleeing war, conflict and economic hardship in their country of origin, mainly Afghanistan and Syria.


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