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Brussels calls for extraordinary meeting on Idlib, following Greek MFA request

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Refugees and migrants walk in a dirty road heading to the Turkish-Greek border and trying to enter Europe, in Edirne, Turkey, 01 March 2020.

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EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell called on Sunday for an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council to discuss the situation in Idlib, following a request by the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias.
“We need to ensure that our collective action has the highest possible impact if we want to effectively address the crisis and to contribute to paving the way for a political solution,” said Borrell in a statement.
On 27 February, Turkey said it has “opened the doors” and would no longer prevent migrants from reaching European borders, after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed in Idlib, Syria. Since then, thousands of people have attempted to cross the Evros border in northern Greece and have been stopped by Greek police officers.
EU Council President Charles Michel said he is is “closely monitoring the situation on the ground” and announced he will visit the Greek – Turkish border on Tuesday, along with Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
“We stand ready to provide additional support including through Frontex on the land border,” said Ursula von der Leyen, EU Commission President. 
Statements followed by several EU officials, who pledged their support to Greece and praised the country for protecting the European borders.
On Sunday Greece invoked article 78.3 of EU’s functioning treaty (TFEU), requesting that the Council takes provisional measures for the benefit of the country, following an emergency situation caused by the influx of third country nationals in its territory.
 

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