Pavlopou­los wants EU to dis­cuss refugee cri­sis

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Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los has pro­posed that a Euro­pean Union lead­ers’ sum­mit be called to dis­cuss a mount­ing mi­grant and refugee cri­sis and called for a closer co­op­er­a­tion with the United Na­tions. In com­ments dur­ing a meet­ing on Satur­day with Health Min­is­ter Panayi­o­tis Kourou­b­lis, Pavlopou­los said a bur­geon­ing mi­gra­tion cri­sis “is not only a se­cu­rity is­sue but also a hu­man­i­tar­ian con­cern.” The scale of the prob­lem means it must be tack­led jointly, the pres­i­dent said. “There must be a com­mon Euro­pean pol­icy,” he said, not­ing that this was “an obli­ga­tion of the Euro­pean Union and its in­sti­tu­tions.” He called for an EU lead­ers’ sum­mit to be called with­out de­lay and with the in­volve­ment of the UN refugee agency. Kourou­b­lis, for his part, said the mi­gra­tion cri­sis “threat­ens to drown us as a coun­try and we must ex­haust all ef­forts at the Euro­pean level so that they re­al­ize this is not just a Greek is­sue.”

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