Anastasiades meets Tusk over migration crisis

Anastasiades meets Tusk over migration crisis

Nicosia, March 15, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Kyriacos Kyriacou

It is unacceptable to shift the burden of responsibility for the migration crisis on the shoulders of the Republic of Cyprus, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades stressed on Tuesday.

The President held a meeting in Nicosia with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, who prepares the ground for this week`s EU – Turkey Summit on the migration crisis.

“Ι conveyed to President Tusk our position that the Republic of Cyprus does not intend to consent to the opening of any chapters, if Turkey does not fulfill its obligations as described in the Negotiating Framework and the Ankara Protocol` President Anastasiades said.

He underlined that he `explained to President Tusk that it is unwarranted, counterproductive, not to mention unacceptable, not by President Tusk, to shift the burden of responsibility for the migration crisis on my shoulders or on the shoulders of the Republic of Cyprus`.

In his statements, Tusk said that he is not in Nicosia `to exert pressure on Cyprus. I am here to listen to your positions ahead of the EU Council this week`.

He stressed that when it comes to accession, `I want to make it clear that the rules have not changed. The same strict conditionality applies and moving forward will still require the agreement by all 28`.

`No third country can ever be more important to me than any of our member states`, Tusk pointed out.