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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-17

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] I do not believe that the refugees' drama will end soon, says Angelina Jolie
  • [02] Refugees at Idomeni place their hopes on EU summit
  • [03] Less refugees in the last 24 hours
  • [04] ND leader Mitsotakis in Brussels for EEP meeting

  • [01] I do not believe that the refugees' drama will end soon, says Angelina Jolie

    "I do not believe that the refugees' drama will end soon," stated American actress and UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt leaving the General Secreteriat of the Aegean and Island Policy building in Mytilene on Thursday.

    Jolie met with members of non-governmental organisation from whom she was briefed on the prevailing condition on Lesvos.

    According to information, Jolie was positive on the refugees safe crossing of the Aegean while on issues posed by local entities on the repercussions on the island's economy and the need for the promotion of the islands' tourist product, Angelina Jolie promised that she and her family will come for holidays on the island.

    Currently, Jolie is visiting the hotspot at Moria and later she will depart for London.

    [02] Refugees at Idomeni place their hopes on EU summit

    Refugees at Idomeni on Thursday have their eyes turned on the critical EU summit which they hope will give a solution to their problem.

    "I expect the EU summit to offer us the opportunity to live with dignity and claim the right to a safe living. I have been to the camp for over two weeks and I have not yet applied for the relocation programme because I want to exhaust all possibilities to seek my dream," Omar from Syria said to ANA-MPA.

    Omar as well as 28 year-old Mohammed from Syria want to go to Germany and have placed their hopes on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's stance in the EU summit. "My siblings, that are already in Germany, told me that Merkel wants us and will do whatever possible in order for the EU to allow us to continue our trip to Germany. Here we have no future. The Greeks are very good people but here there are no jobs. We want to leave, to go somewhere where we will be able to find something to start again our lives."

    There are others that have not heard anything about the EU summit as Doa from the city Homs in Syria. "I do not know of what summit your are talking about. The only thing I know is that I can't continue living in the mud, without money and without hope. The borders must open. In my city everything is devastated. If we go back, we will die. Europe must open its arms and take us," she said.

    [03] Less refugees in the last 24 hours

    The refugees' flows to the northeastern Aegean island continued to be low in the last 24 resulting to the reduction of the number of stranded migrants and refugees on the islands.

    According to police, 7,304 identified migrants and refugees were on Lesvos, Chios and Samos on Thursday morning.

    4,285 identified migrants were on Lesvos while the new arrivals were only 170.

    On the island of Chios 11 persons were identified in the last 24 hours increasing the number of refugees on the island to 2,489.

    Finally, no new arrival was recorded on Samos while 530 persons are identified and ready to leave for the port of Piraeus.

    [04] ND leader Mitsotakis in Brussels for EEP meeting

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be on Thursday in Brussels to participate in the European People's Party (EEP) meeting.

    The meeting will mostly focus on the refugees issue and the possible agreement between the European Union and Turkey.

    According to Mitsotakis' associates, ND leader will insist on his position to support the national strategy as it was agreed at the political parties' meeting chaired by Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos.


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