Şentop criticizes EU policies on migrants, Eastern Mediterranean


Parliament Speaker Mustafa Åžentop on Tuesday criticized European Union policies on migration, the Eastern Mediterranean and Islamophobia during a visit to Spain.

Åžentop’s visit is the first in more than 27 years by a speaker of the Turkish parliament to Spain.

Speaking to Turkish and Spanish reporters, Åžentop stressed that the bloc is not fully respecting the 2016 migrant agreement regarding Syrian refugees.

“Some European countries consider the migration problem as two distinct faces which are countries which have duties and responsibilities and countries which have rights and powers,” he said, stressing that each country has both responsibilities and rights.

“Turkey does not have to shoulder this humanitarian burden. Those who created this problem also need to get involved and take responsibility. Otherwise, larger gaps will occur in conflicts, economic imbalances, inequalities and new waves of migration will occur, ”he explained.

Åžentop had previously warned that a new influx of migrants was “inevitable” if the EU did not keep its promises to Turkey on the issue.

“As long as the EU does not keep its promises and take the necessary humanitarian initiatives, the wave of migration cannot be avoided”, underlined entop. “Turkey cannot welcome more migrants. Everyone must shoulder their share of the responsibility,” he added.

Turkey has been a key transit point for irregular migrants trying to enter Europe to start new lives, especially those fleeing war and persecution, such as the Syrian civil war. Thanks to its March 2016 agreement with the EU, Turkey has helped reduce the number of migrants and alleviate the crisis.

Concerns have grown about a possible increase in the number of migrants from Afghanistan, due to the United States’ withdrawal from the country and the wave of Taliban attacks that followed. Turkey has made it clear that it will not bear the burden of the migration crises experienced as a result of the decisions of other countries.

Turkey continues its efforts to strengthen the security of its border with Iran in order to prevent any new wave of migrants in the face of recent developments in Afghanistan. The strengthening of border measures in Turkey, which already hosts nearly 4 million Syrian refugees and is a step for many migrants trying to reach Europe, began when the Taliban began to advance in Afghanistan and took control. from Kabul last month.

Authorities say there are 182,000 registered Afghan migrants in Turkey and up to 120,000 unregistered. ErdoÄŸan urged European countries to take responsibility for any further influx, warning that Turkey does not intend to become “Europe’s migrant storage unit”.

Çavuşoğlu had recently underlined the importance of taking joint action to tackle the migrant crisis, as he urged the European Union to correctly apply the terms of the 2016 agreement and to assume the responsibilities of sharing the charged. Şentop said Turkey is in talks with neighboring countries of Afghanistan in the event of a possible wave of migration.

“We want an administration to be formed in Afghanistan under which people will not leave the country,” he said, adding that Turkey was closely following developments in the country.

The Taliban recently declared war on Afghanistan over after taking control of the presidential palace in Kabul, sending Western countries scrambling to evacuate their citizens amid chaos at Kabul Hamid Karzai International Airport as Afghans frenzied people were looking for a way out.

Turkey defends the rights

Meanwhile, Åžentop also addressed the problems of the Eastern Mediterranean and criticized the countries involved in the issue that are not part of the immediate region.

“It would be beneficial to leave the eastern Mediterranean to the eastern Mediterranean,” said Åžentop, stressing that neither Greece nor France is in the eastern Mediterranean.

“If there was a similar situation in the western Mediterranean and several countries carried out research on the coasts of France then they would be disturbed”, underlined entop.

Åžentop further promised that Turkey would defend its rights under international law.

France has strongly supported Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration in a growing stalemate with Turkey over hydrocarbon resources and naval influence in the Eastern Mediterranean which has raised fears of conflict.

Turkey, which has the longest continental coastline in the eastern Mediterranean, has rejected maritime border claims by Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration, stressing that these excessive claims violate the sovereign rights of Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots.

Turkish leaders have repeatedly stressed that Ankara supports the resolution of all outstanding issues in the region through international law, good neighborly relations, dialogue and negotiation. Turkey also criticized the European Union’s stance on the Eastern Mediterranean conflict, calling on the bloc to take a fair stance on the dispute and abandon its preferential treatment of Greece under the pretext of EU solidarity.

Islamophobia becomes dangerous

Åžentop also spoke about the increase in Islamophobia in the EU, saying the situation is becoming increasingly dangerous.

Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan, have frequently urged European policymakers and politicians to take a stand against racism and other types of discrimination that have threatened the lives of millions living within the bloc’s borders. . Racist attacks targeting Muslims or immigrants in Europe are increasingly making headlines as white supremacists become more effective at a time when their ideals, or at least some of them, become dominant. There is not a single large group orchestrating these attacks on Muslims and immigrants. On the contrary, individual attacks lead to more copy attacks.

Under the guise of free speech, the tolerant political climate has helped far-right sympathizers with violent tendencies to broaden their support.


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