Greece ‘won’t be Lebanon of Europe’: minister

A girl carries her toys inside a plastic crate, at a passenger terminal where stranded refugees and migrants find shelter at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, February 25, 2016.

A girl carries her toys inside a plastic crate, at a passenger terminal where stranded refugees and migrants find shelter at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, February 25, 2016.


Greece on Thursday said it would not be left by the rest of the EU to become the “Lebanon of Europe” by hosting millions of migrants and refugees.

Speaking ahead of a crucial meeting in Brussels, Greek migration minister Yannis Mouzalas criticized other countries for “unilateral” actions that affect Greece.

“A very large number (of participants) here will attempt to discuss how to address a humanitarian crisis in Greece that they themselves intend to create,” he told reporters.

“Greece will not accept unilateral actions. Greece can also carry out unilateral actions. Greece will not accept becoming Europe’s Lebanon, a warehouse of souls, even if this were to be done with major (EU) funding.”

Four million refugees have fled Syria for the relative safety of neighboring countries, according to the United Nations, with more than one million in Lebanon.

Greece is the main entry point for migrants to the EU, with most of them coming over the Aegean Sea to Turkey via the Greek islands.

Athens faces growing pressure to stop “waving through” migrants to the rest of Europe, but it has criticised the response of the EU.

Mouzalas in particular criticized Balkan countries that held talks in Austria on Wednesday at a meeting excluding Greece for agreeing border measures that would affect his country.


[wpResize]





    Egyptian Christian teens jailed for ‘contempt of Islam’
    Libyan militia claim arrest of ISIS leader

    Comments

    comments

    %d bloggers like this:
    Powered by : © 2014 Systron Micronix :: Leaders in Web Hosting. All rights reserved

    | About Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Disclaimer | Contact Us |