More drown in Aegean as EU strives to tackle cri­sis

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As Euro­pean Union lead­ers seek to boost co­op­er­a­tion in tack­ling a ma­jor refugee cri­sis, there was more tragedy in the Aegean over the week­end with at least 16 mi­grants drown­ing in their at­tempt to get to Greece from Turkey.

Mean­while, Greek diplo­mats have ex­pressed con­cern fol­low­ing pro­pos­als by EU of­fi­cials for joint Greek-Turk­ish pa­trols in the Aegean, a prospect Athens re­jects. Some sources fear that Brus­sels is try­ing to heap more obli­ga­tions on Greece while Turkey steps up ten­sions in the Aegean where the drown­ings con­tinue.

In one in­ci­dent late on Fri­day, the bod­ies of four chil­dren – three girls, aged 5, 9 and 16, and a 2-year-old boy – were dis­cov­ered by the Greek coast guard off Ka­lym­nos. Ac­cord­ing to the ac­counts of 11 adult sur­vivors, an­other boy was miss­ing. On Satur­day, the Turk­ish coast guard re­cov­ered the bod­ies of an­other 12 mi­grants whose boat sank off Turkey’s coast. Ac­cord­ing to sources, they were head­ing to the Greek is­land of Lesvos.

Lesvos has borne the brunt of an in­flux of mi­grants. Last week alone, at least 10 peo­ple, in­clud­ing six chil­dren, drowned in an at­tempt to get the is­land. On a visit to Lesvos on Fri­day, Euro­pean Mi­gra­tion Com­mis­sioner Dim­itris Avramopou­los in­au­gu­rated Greece’s first refugee screen­ing cen­ter, or “hotspot.”

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