President of Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos asked for the European partners solidarity to the refugees issue during his meeting on Friday with the Czech Republic’s House of Representatives president Jan Xamacek at the Presidential mansion.
Pavlopoulos said that Greece meets its commitmets and called on the other European partners to show their solidarity to the refugees issue.
He noted that some Europeans have objections on the way Greece deals with the matter particularly on the protection of the sea borders which are not only Greece’s borders but EU’s borders “maybe they do not understand that this is not a matter of irregular migration it is something much more than that and secondly the protection of the sea borders is very different than the protection of the land borders. It is very difficult for someone that does not have sea borders to understand the special nature of the problem. To safeguard your borders and to comply with the international and European law on the human rights.
On his part, Xamacek said that he understand the difficulties and noted that his country is willing to help with equipment and staffing as well as on the joint protection of the European borders. He also pointed out that the refugees issue is an international issue underlining that there must be a distinction between those refugees that are entitled to asylum and the economic migrants clarifying that the second should return to their countries.
He also made a special reference to the condition in Syria noting that the Czech Republic is waiting to see the developments in the area after the elections of new US president Donald Trump underlining that the end of the war in Syria will significantly contribute in the reduction of the refugees flow to Greece.