Aleppo: Germany and Turkey call on NATO for help with refugees
Turkey and Germany plan to seek help from NATO allies in monitoring the flow of migrants trying to get to Europe from Syria via Turkey and the Aegean Sea.
Angela Merkel and Ahmet Davotoglu said the matter would be officially and jointly raised at a meeting of NATO defence ministers on Thursday.
“Turkey and Germany will present to NATO, as an agenda item, that NATO should step in regarding the results of the refugee flow from Syria. In particular, we will make a common effort so that NATO’s monitoring mechanisms should be used effectively on the border and in the Aegean (sea),” Davutoglu told reporters.
Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said on Twitter that support for the Turkish coast guard and the EU’s Frontex border agency will be discussed at a “NATO level.”
There has been no response from NATO so far.
The German Chancellor called for immediate action from Ankara to improve the refugee situation in Turkey.
Once again, Angela Merkel said refugees must be distributed fairly and evenly across the EU.
“What is, of course, important, not just for Turkey but for all of us, is that if we want to stop illegal immigration we obviously have to be ready to some extent to accept refugees by legal means, especially Syrian refugees”.