EC is cau­tious on hot spots

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Euro­peanCom­mis­sion spokes­woman Natasha Ber­taud said yes­ter­day that the re­spon­si­bil­ity for man­ag­ing mi­grant re­cep­tion cen­ters, or hot spots, in Greece was that of the Greek au­thor­i­ties but said Brus­sels stood ready to help im­prove con­di­tions.

Not­ing that Greek au­thor­i­ties have in­formed of­fi­cials in Brus­sels about in­creas­ing ten­sions in and around a re­cep­tion cen­ter on Leros, Ber­taud said it was im­por­tant to cre­ate sep­a­rate ar­eas for un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nors, on Leros and else­where. The Leros cen­ter is home to some 690 of around 56,000 mi­grants that are cur­rently in Greece. The gov­ern­ment plans to move around 5,000 mi­grants out of camps at the cap­i­tal’s for­mer air­port in Elliniko and at the port of Pi­raeus.

Greek Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los (r) talks to United Arab Emi­rates For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed Al Nahyan dur­ing a meet­ing at the Pres­i­den­tial Man­sion in Athens yes­ter­day. The two spoke about strength­en­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two states and con­tain­ing volatil­ity in the broader re­gion.

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