EU, Turkey reach deal to stop flow of illegal migrants to Europe

EU, Turkey reach deal to stop flow of illegal migrants to Europe
EU, Turkey reach deal to stop flow of illegal migrants to Europe

BRUSSELS, March 18 (KUNA) — The EU and Turkey have finally reached an agreement to stop the flow of irregular migration from Turkey to Europe, President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, announced here Friday after a 2-day EU summit.
Speaking at a press conference after a meeting between EU leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu today, he said that starting from Sunday all illegal migrants coming to the Greek islands from Turkey will be returned to Turkey.
Tusk stressed that the agreement is in accordance with all EU and international laws and added that this deal must be acceptable to all 28 EU member states.
On his part Ahmet Davutoglou described the agreement as “very important and historic.” He said the EU will begin dispersing the amount of 3 billion euro within weeks for Syrian refugees in Turkey and there will be another allocation of 3 billion euro for the Syrian refugees till 2018.
He also hoped that the EU will agree on visa liberalization for Turkish citizens before end of June.
On his part, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker told the same press conference that the refugee crisis is the biggest challenge the EU has faced and said that the agreement with Turkey has to be put into practice as agreed. (end) nk.ibi