Koumoutsakos to visit Nicosia on 16 September
By Michalis Michael
Cyprus and Greece are further coordinating on tackling increased migration flows, in view of the EU Home Affairs Council meeting to be held in Luxembourg on 7 October. In this context, Greek Deputy Minister for Citizen Protection, responsible for Migration Policy, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, will pay a visit to Cyprus on 16 September, during which he will hold talks with Interior Minister Konstantinos Petridis.
Asked about this, Petrides confirmed that Koumoutsakos will pay a visit to Cyprus during which they will hold talks. “We will continue the discussions so that, probably together with other countries, we can bring together a front of EU countries in the Eastern Mediterranean, in order to have common positions and common proposals, in view of the Council’s Meeting in October on migration issues, given the concerns with the increased flow both in Greece and lately in Cyprus as well, the peculiar conditions of the region, and the role of Turkey”, he said.
Petrides said Koumoutsakos’ visit was in return for his own visit to Greece in July, noting that he was the first Minister to meet with Koumoutsakos after assuming his duties in the new Greek government.
It is recalled that Petrides sent a letter on 5 August to the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and to their counterparts on other EU Member States, urging all Member States of the Union to commit in relocating five thousand people hosted in Cyprus, on the basis of bilateral agreements, and to prioritize vulnerable people, in order to significantly alleviate disproportionate pressures and serious problems that both the authorities and the social structures of the country are facing./ibna