KYSEA: The decisions taken to put a stop to the flow of illegal immigrants in Evros

What was decided at the meeting, on the occasion of Turkey’s new land border strategy

Measures to put a brake on the flow of illegal immigrants from the Evros border were decided to be taken during the meeting of the Governmental National Security Council (KYSEA), chaired by the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

The meeting was held with the sole purpose of guarding the borders on the Evros, after Turkey’s latest moves that show a resurgence of “mobility” at the country’s land borders.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, the Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos, the Minister of Citizen Protection Takis Theodorikakos, the Minister of Immigration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis took part in today’s regular meeting of the Kysea , the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy Yiannis Plakiotakis, the Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Christos Stylianidis, the Minister of State Giorgos Gerapetritis, the government representative Yiannis Oikonomou, the commander of the EYP Themistoklis Demiris, the head of GEETHA, general Konstantinos Floros, the director of of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Office, Ambassador Anna Maria Boura and the National Security Advisor, Thanos Dokos.

During the meeting, all the facts were put on the carpet, so that the scene of the last days in Evros is not repeated continuously in the coming weeks and the following months.

Given that the fence, which extends 80 km, is a key deterrent, Turkey is looking for ways to overcome this obstacle.

As the Minister of Immigration and Asylum Notis Mitarakis complained, the Turkish authorities bring the migrants to the banks of the Evros and with the threat of violence force them to come to the islets of the river, so that Greece, under pressure, will put them on its territory.

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What was decided?

During the meeting, it was decided to extend the Evros fence gradually along the entire Evros river.

In particular, it was decided to gradually extend the fence along the entire length of the Evros, with priority in disputed points as determined by the relevant ministries and the GHETHA.

The procedure to be followed is the tender for a framework agreement.

It was also decided to upgrade and strengthen the means of surveillance.

The expansion will also be done with national resources, if there is no European funding, which is not on the horizon.

The government has applied to the European Commission, but it is still pending.

At the same time, an overall overview of the situation at sea and on land was made and it was found that there is a tripling of incidents at sea, mainly on the route to Italy, such as the incident a few days ago in Kythira.

There was also a discussion about the recent episode of Evros.

It was found that due to the fact that the maps were drawn up in 1926 and the geomorphology in the area is variable, the August 15th episode with the islet was directed by Turkey.

“We have to keep our wits about us,” said participants in the meeting, as scenarios were assessed, but it was unclear how the Turks would behave and how far they would pull the ropes.

The responsibilities of the EU

The issue of refugees has returned to the agenda recently – especially after the confinement of 38 people on an island on the border of Greece and Turkey – with the European Union still unable to reach an agreement on the management of the issue, due to the reactions of specific countries who insist on washing their hands of their responsibilities.

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Analysts and experts note the responsibilities of the EU, which, unable to take decisions, as it should, continues to demand that the countries on Europe’s borders “shield” against refugees and immigrants, without proposing solutions, while it does not fail to exercise criticism when the issue grows.

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