Turkey: altering horror law ‘impossible,’ EU refugee offer depends upon visa-free travel
” We have actually informed them, ‘we are not threatening you,’ however there’s a truth.
” This is not a risk, but what is required from an arrangement,” he firmly insisted, adding that his nation would use “administrative” measures to block the refugee deal if visa requirements were not waived for its people within the EU.
” The number of migrants crossing to Greek islands in October was around 6,800. Now it is around 80 daily,” Cavusoglu said. His nation had taken in more than 400 refugees under the deal, while just 130 Syrians from Turkish camps had actually been transplanted in EU member states, he said, insisting that Turkey had actually stuck to its half of the one-for-one exchange arrangement.
No modification in horror law
Following in 2014’s refugee crisis, European leaders signed an offer worth billions of euros with Ankara to reclaim migrants crossing over into Europe from the Aegean Sea. In return, the bloc promised to take Syrian refugees from camps within Turkey, to restart Turkey’s EU membership talks and allow its people to travel into the area without a visa, based on Turkey meeting 72 conditions necessary for this.
Ankara has actually passed numerous laws in the last few months to fulfill the EU’s requirements, but has actually refused to change its anti-terror policies that have actually typically been used to detain journalists and academics.
But Cavusoglu said his nation was fighting “more than one terrorist group,” including the forbidden Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and it would be “impossible to alter horror laws” under such circumstances.
” Which definition are you talking about? Each nation in Europe has various terror definitions,” he said.
The PKK has been waging an armed struggle versus Ankara for the last 30 years, demanding more autonomy in the nation’s southeast region.
No combating with Kurds in Syria
Cavusoglu also spoke about his nation’s offer to join forces with the US and fight the so-called “Islamic State” in Syria, on the condition that the Syrian Kurdish militia had not been included.
The minister advocated the formation of a “second front,” in which Syrian Arab groups opposing President Bashar Assad’s program could be supported with soldiers from Turkey, US and other NATO countries such as France, Germany and Britain.
Kurdish groups would have to be left out. “We say okay, a second front must be opened, however not with the PYD,” Cavusoglu said, describing the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the political wing of the anti-IS YPG Kurds.