Europe accepts submission of proposal by Greece and Cyprus for measures against Turkey

The European Union, through EU High Representative Josep Borrell, has accepted a proposal from Greece and Cyprus regarding the imposition of measures against Turkey, which will be considered at the next Council of foreign affairs in December.

The Greece-Cyprus proposal will be presented to the Committee of Permanent Representatives to the European Union (COREPER) next week, sources said.

The proposal by Greece and Cyprus follows Turkish threats to exploit and instrumentalize the migration crisis at the expense of Europe as it had done against Greece in early 2020 at the Evros border.

The European Union must tackle the instrumentalisation of migration with a horizontal overview, Greece and Cyprus stressed at the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday, diplomatic sources said.

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias expressed his support for any potential measures taken against Belarus, and he also mentioned Turkey’s role in the events that took place at the Greek-Turkish border in Evros in March 2020, have added sources.

The Greek minister also underlined his full support for his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides, regarding the massive arrivals of migrants via the occupied territories, it was added.

In this context, the European Union must deal with all these issues arising from the instrumentalisation of migration by any country and proceed with the imposition of appropriate measures and sanctions, it was noted.

Dendias also underlined the importance of the integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European community, and he underlined the need to convene the first intergovernmental summit with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.

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