President Pavlopoulos: Turkey needs to understand and meet in full its commitments on the refugees issue

Turkey needs to understand and meet in full its commitments on the refugees issue, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Monday during a meeting with members of the French parliament that visit Greece to evaluate the efficiency of the European mechanisms on managing the refugees crisis.

“Greece will rise to the challenge as it has already done despite the huge problems we are facing as a country,” he stated. “We behave to the refugees as we should to behave to a human being and always based on the principles of the European culture and the European democracy,” said Pavlopoulos.

Addressing the French deputies, he urged them to focus on the implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement on the refugees crisis.

Referring to Greece’s commitments, he stressed the need for the relocation system to work properly, the immediate revision of the Dublin’s agreement and the immediate establishment of the European Coastal and Border Guard with respect to each country’s sovereignty.