Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs, Nikos Xydakis met with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Migration, Peter D. Sutherland.
The collocutors focused on the issue of the refugee crisis and the actions that need to be taken to support not only the people escaping war zones, but also transit and reception states. Mr. Sutherland briefed Mr. Xydakis on the initiatives being developed on a European and global level to find solutions to the phenomenon of migration.
With regard to the creation of refugee flows, they noted the pivotal role of the geopolitical turmoil in the wider region of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, while they highlighted the need to achieve peace and stability in the region.
They approached the issue of the refugee crisis as a phenomenon that requires global vigilance, stressing that the solution to the issue needs to be based on strengthening cooperation and solidarity, not only between EU countries, but also in the international community as a whole. Finally, a refference was made of the need to enhance the effectiveness of the mechanisms for relocating and resettling refugees.
SOURCE: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greece / UNHCR
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