Erdogan warns of scrapping EU refugee deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will scrap a refugee cope with the EU until his nation’s key demand of visa-free journey is granted.

“If that (the visa exemption) is just not what is going to occur… no resolution and no regulation within the framework of the readmission settlement will come out of the parliament of the Turkish Republic,” stated Erdogan on the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Erdogan’s warning comes amid rising tensions between Turkey and the EU over a sequence of points together with the nation’s anti-terror legal guidelines and its human rights monitor document.

“Our international ministry, our EU affairs ministry can have discussions with the Europeans. If there’s a end result then nice. If not, then I am sorry,” he added.

Based mostly on the deal, struck with the EU in March to stem the stream of refugees into Europe, refugees arriving on European soil by way of the Aegean Sea could also be despatched again to Turkey. For every refugee returned, the EU will take one Syrian refugee at present residing in Turkey.

In return, the EU has made a number of commitments to Ankara, together with monetary support, visa-free journey for Turks, and progress in its EU membership negotiations.

Over the previous few weeks there have been rising indications that Turkey’s key demand won’t be granted.


Throughout talks held on the sidelines of the Istanbul summit on Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated she had instructed Erdogan that the deal wouldn’t undergo if “the terrorism laws is just not modified within the coming weeks”.   

Turkey previously set the tip of June as a deadline for the 28-member bloc to scrap visas for Turkish residents, however sources within the EU stated it’s practically inconceivable to fulfill the deadline.


Visa-free journey for Turkish nationals is a contested concern as some EU states concern it might open doorways to extra migration to the bloc, which is already fighting an unprecedented inflow of refugees who’re fleeing conflict-ridden zones in Africa and the Center East, notably Syria.

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