EU calls for monitoring of Syrian warring parties' abidance by ceasefire agreement

ANKARA, March 3 (KUNA) — President of the European Council Donald Tusk on Thursday underlined the need for monitoring the ceasefire in Syria, expressing pessimism due to previous experiences.
In a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Tusk assailed the misuse of Syrian refugee crisis by some parties as a political tool. He also welcomed Ankara’s recent decision to open labor market before Syrian refugees.
Tusk said no numbers had been agreed with Turkey on its measures to reduce illegal migration to Europe.
“It’s not about numbers it’s about the ongoing and permanent process … which means for me, the total reduction and the total elimination of this sad phenomenon,” Tusk said.
He added that it is up to Turkey to decide what further measures it can take to reduce the flow of migrants.
For his part, Turkish Premier stressed that Turkey and Greece cannot be expected to shoulder the burden of the migration crisis alone.
Turkey is abiding by a joint action plan with the EU on migration and would continue to fulfill its obligations, he vowed.
Davutoglu expected that a ceasefire would help curtail the flow of illegal migrants. But the ceasefire agreement is still fragile due to the non-stop Syrian regime and Russian forces’ breaches, he regretted. (end) rs.ibi