Government Spokesman Stelios Petsas, shortly after the Government Council on Defense meeting, announced the Greek Government’s decisions.
Stelios Petsas noted that “in recent days, Greece has been receiving sudden, massive, organized and coordinated pressure from population movements to its eastern land and maritime borders.
This movement is directed and encouraged by Turkey. These actions are in breach of the obligations arising from the European Union – Turkey Joint Declaration.
Instead of limiting the circuits of migrant and refugee traffickers, Turkey has itself become a trafficker.
The concentrated populations are forcibly attempting to enter Greek territory, despite the fact that it has been made clear by the Greek side that no transit is permitted at all.
Because of its coordinated and massive character, this mobilization has nothing to do with international asylum law which concerns only individual cases.
Under these circumstances, the present situation constitutes an active, serious, extraordinary and asymmetric threat to the country’s national security.
The gathered individuals are used as pawns by Turkey to exert diplomatic pressure.
Greece unequivocally exercises its sovereign right and constitutional obligation to safeguard its integrity.
For these reasons, the National Security Council, which met today, decided the following:
- Upgrading security measures at the eastern land and maritime borders of the country with security forces and armed forces to prevent illegal entry into the country.
- The temporary suspension, for one (1) month from the date of the conclusion of this decision, of asylum requests for those entering the country illegally.
- The immediate return, whenever possible, to the country of origin of those who illegally enter Greek territory without registration.
- Applying to FRONTEX for the development of the RABIT team with the aim of guarding the country’s external borders, which also constitute the European Union’s borders.
- The immediate notification of this Decision to the EU Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the initiation of the procedure referred to in Article 78 (3) of the Treaty on the European Union to take provisional measures in favor of the Hellenic Republic in response to an emergency, due to the sudden influx of nationals from third-party countries, in the context of solidarity between the Member States of the European Union. /ibna