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Theodorikakos from Evros: The instrumentalization of immigrants from Turkey is a challenge for the whole civilized world


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“Illegal immigration is an issue that puts pressure on both countries,” said Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin.

The fact that illegal immigration is a common problem for all the countries of the European Union, the Balkans and the South-Eastern Mediterranean, was explained today by the Alexandroupoli the Minister of Citizen Protection, Takis Theodorikakos and Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin.

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The two ministers held a meeting in the capital of Evros during which, as they pointed out, the excellent relationship and cooperation between the two countries was confirmed in the matter of dealing with illegal immigration, the dismantling of trafficking rings, and organized crime in general, while they also visited the fence in the area of Poros.

“The problem of illegal immigration, the exploitation of unhappy people, immigrants by Turkey is a challenge not only for Greece. It is a challenge for all civilized people, for all the countries of Europe and certainly for our neighborhood of the Balkans and the Southeast Mediterranean”, said Mr. Theodorikakos.

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He underlined that Greece and Serbia are joining forces, strengthening cooperation between them, police cooperation to jointly deal with “criminal traffickers of illegal immigrants”, mentioning that already in 2022 more than 1,100 traffickers have been arrested in our country “the who are now in the hands of Greek justice and will face the punishments they deserve… We are doing what is necessary to put an end to illegal immigration, we are doing what is necessary to effectively guard the borders of our country which are also the borders of the EU ., the borders of the Western world, the world of culture, democracy and freedom towards the Turkey» noted features.

the minister Citizen Protection he also referred to the Summit in Prague where, as he stated, “All of Europe saw in Prague this week who is with the principles of International Law, who abides by international legality, who moves based on measure and logic and who has escaped and with extreme rhetoric violates legitimacy and good neighborly relations”, adding that “Greece’s basic position as a country that defends stability and peace in the region is the integration of the Western Balkans into the European Union, including Serbia, with which relations are excellent ».

With reference to today’s signing of an Agreement between Serbia and Greece for the realization of joint patrols by the police authorities of the two countries during the tourist season, Mr. Theodorikakos clarified that these will be developed “in order to consolidate and strengthen precisely this sense of security among the citizens of two countries when they visit each other’s homeland”.

Vulin: Serbia-Greece cooperation at a very high level confirms the eternally friendly ties of the two countries

The high level of cooperation between Serbia and Greece was pointed out by the Serbian Minister of the Interior, Aleksandar Vulin, with references indicative of “the brotherly relations between our peoples”.

Mr. Vulin stated that illegal immigration is an issue that exerts pressure on both countries, noting that Serbia is against the instrumentalization of migrants and their use as a means of pressure on a country and especially Greece and their exploitation for politicians reasons. He emphasized that they do not concern (including the migration flows) a humanitarian crisis, but rather “organized gangs” whose activity began in 2015 with the illegal trafficking of people, weapons and drugs and are a threat both to Greece and Serbia, in which he said the capture of several armed gangs was achieved. He expressed the opinion that the E.E. is obliged to take a joint decision regarding illegal immigration and that “no country related to migration flows, let alone Greece, should be left alone. If the European Union considers that we are talking about a humanitarian crisis then let it make those moves so that these people can legally enter its countries. If he believes that we are not talking about a humanitarian crisis, but if he shares Serbia’s position that we are talking about organized gangs, then we should consider any illegal movement as a criminal offence. Until that happens, we will continue to fight together.”

With reference to the signing of the Greece-Serbia Agreement for the realization of joint patrols by the police authorities of the two countries, he clarified that Serbian citizens feel absolutely safe in Greece and that the said Agreement is “a way to help our Greek colleagues but also to send a message to our citizens about exactly where they are safe.”

Mr. Vulin also made special mention of the support, as he said, that Greece shows regarding the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of Serbia and the special support of the Greek people, a “truly brotherly people”.

Finally, Mr. Vulin stated that in the context of today’s meeting, he had the opportunity to convey the thanks of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Vucic, to the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, for his position in favor of Serbia before the EU leaders. E. at the Prague Summit.


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