Greece-Cyprus call for a horizontal approach to the instrumentalization of immigration
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In the context of today’s debate in the Foreign Affairs Council on the measures taken against Belarus, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed his support for these measures. At the same time, however, he stressed that there should be a horizontal approach to those countries that instrumentalize immigration and in this context made special reference to the role of Turkey in the events of Evros in March 2020.
He also provided his full support to his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulidis, who referred to the particularly difficult position in which Cyprus has found itself, as there are mass arrivals through the occupied territories, a problem that, as he stressed, did not arise recently.
In this context, he stressed that the European Union should address horizontally all issues of instrumentalization of immigration, regardless of origin, and in this context impose relevant sanctions.
Regarding the document with proposals for imposing measures against Turkey, both Greece and Cyprus stressed the importance of submitting it as soon as possible and that the necessary preparations should be made in order for decisions to be taken at the next Foreign Affairs Council in December. This proposal was accepted by HR / SA Borrell and the relevant document is expected to be presented to COREPER next week.
Regarding the Western Balkans, the Foreign Minister referred to the working breakfast he had organized earlier today as Chair of the South East European Cooperation Process, stressing that regional cooperation is key to the European perspective of the Western Balkans, as well as to the reconciliation process. between the various sides.
He reiterated that the integration of the Western Balkans into the European family is a one-way street, under the well-known conditionality.
In this context, he stressed the need to convene the first intergovernmental conference with Albania and Northern Macedonia.
He also stressed that developments in the region are of particular concern and that the European perspective will strengthen the necessary reforms.
In the discussion with the Eastern Partners, he pointed out the need to continue the reforms, as well as the alignment of the countries of the region with the EU decisions on foreign policy and defense issues.
Source From: Capital