Sup­port for mi­grant cri­sis sought

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At a joint sum­mit on Corfu yes­ter­day, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras and his Ital­ian coun­ter­part Paolo Gen­tiloni de­clared that Euro­pean coun­tries should share the bur­den of deal­ing with mi­gra­tion.

Mediter­ranean coun­tries must “find a way to act de­ci­sively, tak­ing a lead­ing role in this de­bate and in de­vel­op­ments,” Gen­tiloni said. Tsipras, for his part, noted that refugee crises should be han­dled with sol­i­dar­ity and a shared sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, not with “fences and ex­clu­sions that un­der­mine our Euro­pean val­ues.”

Gen­tiloni called for a change to Euro­pean reg­u­la­tions on mi­gra­tion “be­cause it is only fair that the weight does not only fall on just some coun­tries.”

“This is the mes­sage that we will also bring to the meet­ing in Ni­cosia in Oc­to­ber,” Gen­tiloni said, re­fer­ring to a con­fer­ence of seven Mediter­ranean coun­tries sched­uled to take place in the Cypriot cap­i­tal on Oc­to­ber 10.

Mean­while in Athens, on the sec­ond day of the an­nual Athens Democ­racy Fo­rum, which is be­ing or­ga­nized by Kathimerini and The New York Times, Swedish For­eign Min­is­ter Mar­got Wall­strom praised both Greece and Italy for bear­ing the great­est part of the bur­den posed by Europe’s refugee cri­sis and warned that the prob­lem has not been solved.

“We have to be pre­pared,” Wall­strom said. “This is only the be­gin­ning.”

“There was a pe­riod in Europe when some coun­tries bought all the blan­kets and oth­ers bought all the barbed wire,” the Swedish for­eign min­is­ter added, ap­par­ently re­fer­ring to Cen­tral and Eastern Euro­pean coun­tries which did not con­trib­ute to the cri­sis re­sponse but bol­stered them­selves against the in­flux with fences.

in the Athens sub­urb of Faliro yes­ter­day as oil from a sunken tanker spread along the coast­line. Au­thor­i­ties said they were tak­ing ac­tion to clean up the spill as ecol­o­gists warned of an ‘en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter.’

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