Tsipras is planning a visit to Turkey to discuss the refugee problem

Tsipras is planning a visit to Turkey to discuss the refugee problem

Athens, November 2, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The Greek government strongly believes that Greece could become a key country in the EU, if it can effectively address the problem of the huge refugee flows to Europe. As such, the Greek prime minister is planning his next moves accordingly.

Alexis Tsipras recognises that solutions are not only European and that Turkey plays a major role in the refugee crisis. Therefore, he prepares an official visit to Ankara after the elections held Sunday in the country. The positive result for the AKP and the formation of a strong government led by Davutoglu, is seen at the Maximus Mansion as a good basis for stability, cooperation and understanding between the two countries.

Meanwhile, this week the prime minister is organising a meeting with mayors and bishops of the five islands, Lesbos, Chios, Kos, Samos and Leros, which have been burdened more from the wave of refugees: it

In the meeting there will be discussion on the main problems the local administration and citizens of these islands are facing and solutions will be sought, as well as compensatory measures for the inhabitants of these islands, which will be financed by EUR 500 mln of EU funds.

Moreover, Wednesday and Thursday will be in Greece the European Parliament President Martin Schulz, who will visit Lesbos along with the Prime Minister, to see up close the problems in the registration and accommodation problems, but also to send the message to the residents of the islands that Europe is not watching developments idle.