PM Tsipras: The effective management of the refugee and migratory flow requires a common European approach

The effective management of the refugee and migratory flow is an international and European issue and it requires a common European approach with respect to the principles of international law and the EU, solidarity and the need for fair burden sharing, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Council president Donald Tusk on Friday said in joint statements.

Tusk underlined that the migration crisis tests the limits and the tolerance of Europe adding that the alleged exclusion of Greece from the Schengen zone is not a solution. “Excluding Greece from the Schengen zone does not solve any problem,” he said.

Tsipras spoke of the disproportionate burden that Greece has borne so far adding that it addresses the problem with humanity and great cost, respecting the European values and at the same time showcasing our own values.

The prime minister said that he agreed with Tusk that it is necessary to accelerate the progress of the implementation of all decisions taken. Among those discussed was the operation of NATO in the region, with the main purpose to assist the Turkish authorities in locating traffickers on the coast of Turkey and Turkish waters.