Interior Minister to discuss migration issue with EU counterparts in Brussels

Minister of the Interior, Constantinos Ioannou, will participate in the EU Home Affairs Council, which will take place in Brussels on Monday, 4 March.

The 27 Ministers will discuss the migration issue, with an emphasis on the external dimension of the migration issue and the implementation of the Action Plan for the Eastern Mediterranean.

As a press release issued by the Ministry of the Interior said Ioannou will elaborate again on the serious problem facing Cyprus and the other states in the Eastern Mediterranean due to the disproportionate migration flows, reiterating the initiative of the Republic of Cyprus to re-evaluate the status of Syria, in accordance with the existing situation in the country.

The Cypriot Minister will underline the need to examine the evaluation of the European Asylum Organization, and on the basis of this to take a decision collectively at the political level in the European Union.

Finally, Ioannou will reiterate the need for greater support to the countries of origin and transit, within the framework of the Action Plan for the Eastern Mediterranean. The aim is to strengthen the cooperation with these countries, in order to achieve more effective supervision and management of the borders along the Eastern Mediterranean route, with the involvement of Europol.

The Minister of the Interior will return to Cyprus on Tuesday, 5 March, the press release concluded.

(Source: CNA)

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