Dimitris Vitsas: The permanent channel of communication with Turkey has reduced migrant flows
It is not permitted for anyone to “bruise” Greece’s national sovereignty, Migration Policy Minister Dimitris Vitsas commented on Tuesday, regarding Ankara‘s decision to put out a bounty on the eight Turkish servicemen that have sought asylum in Greece.
In an interview, Vitsas said that a permanent channel of communication has been established with the Turkish side at all levels, which has contributed to a reduction in the flow of migrants in recent months, while its main target is “the tackling of the international rings of traffickers”. He also added that Greece can “re-activate the readmission process, which Turkey has interrupted with a note verbale”.
Referring to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras‘ visit to Turkey on Tuesday, Vitsas noted that “such meetings are always important and fruitful and can reduce tension,” adding that there are always matters on which Greece must cooperate with Turkey, as well as issues on which “we must once again state clearly our position, namely that for us there are no grey zones in the Aegean.”