“We will continue to seek consensus but at some point we will proceed with the solutions” stated to Athens Macedonian News Agency Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas on Sunday
“Climate of consensus does not mean we won’t do anything” clarified Mouzalas adding that “the government has a programme to implement”.
Mouzalas referred to ‘black propaganda’ on the islands and accused main opposition New Democracy that it has aligned with extreme-right elements and motivates the people.
On the death of two people in Moria hotspot, Mouzalas called it an accident that could happen anywhere but “it is imperative the conditions in the hotspots to become better” and made a plea to the islanders to stop listening to populistic solutions and to support the creation of better living conditions for the refugees”.
Mouzalas said to ANA that in the next period that hosting centers will be reduced to half with the parallel reduction of the population that lives in them.
The minister expressed his concern over the possibility EU-Turkey agreement to collapse and described the government’s three battles at diplomatic level: on the transfer of the refugees from the islands to the mainland, the change in the Dublin Treaty and the request for the establishment of a single European mechanism for the return of the migrants to their country of origin.
On Belgium’s decision to not renew the Belgian experts’ tenure on the islands of the northern Aegean for security reasons, he asked the discussion to focus on EU’s responsibilities which, as he said, does not meet its commitments.