Greek Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chryssohoidis has written to Turkish Interior Minister Beşir Atalay asking for talks within the next month on the illegal immigration issue.
“ ‘Only systematic and close cooperation between Greece and Turkey can curb the flow of illegal immigration to the European Union,’ Chrysochoidis reportedly wrote in the letter. According to sources, Chrysochoidis has invited Atalay to Athens to discuss a set of proposals. These include the closer cooperation of Greek and Turkish coast guard officials to ensure that a bilateral pact for the repatriation of migrants is enforced. Turkish vessels currently make no effort to stop smuggling ships, the Greek coast guard says.”