Defence Minister Panos Kammenos on Thursday, in Brussels, expressed his satisfaction over the continuation of NATO’s activities on the dealing with the refugee crisis in the Aegean shortly after the conclusion of the two-day Ministerial NATO Summit.
Kammenos made the following statement: The decision of the Council of Defence Ministers of NATO member states to continue the SΝΜG-2 mission in the Aegean despite the opposition of Turkey is an important national success. The absolute majority of the Defence Ministers, with the exception of Turkey, accepted that the operation was successful. The reduction of refugee flows with the presence of NATO vessels will continue as long as there are candidate migrants or refugees on the other side of the Aegean who want to enter Europe. I also raised the issue of the 15,000 refugees stranded on the Greek islands and asked the acceleration of the procedures. The Council of Ministers accepted and I want to thank especially my counterparts in NATO for welcoming the Greek positions.