Athens concerned EU-Turkey refugee deal will not be honoured

Less than a week after the EU-Turkey agreement on dealing with the refugee crisis, the Greek government appears concerned that the deal may not be fully implemented especially on the part of neighbouring Turkey.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held talks over the telephone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday morning in which he tabled a request for migrant flows from Turkish shores to be drastically reduced immediately. The Greek premier also requested that technical assistance to Greece from the European Union to deal with asylum applications is promptly dispatched.

According to Greek government sources, Athens is so far not satisfied with Turkey’s response to the crisis since the deal to curb flows was struck. Tsipras is expected to have more talks with EU counterparts over the issue.

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