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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-18

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

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  • [01] Negotiations at EU-Turkey summit to resume on Friday
  • [02] Two ferries with more than 700 refugees expected to dock at Piraeus on Friday

  • [01] Negotiations at EU-Turkey summit to resume on Friday

    Negotiations in Brussels will resume on Friday with a meeting of the European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu aiming at reaching an agreement with Turkey on the refugee issue.

    The working dinner in the first day of the EU-Turkey summit on the refugee issue was completed without a press conference.

    In statements following Thursday's meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel estimated that the talks with Turkey would be difficult.

    Merkel also said that no specific dates had been set for the start of either resettling Syrian refugees in EU countries or the return by Greece of migrants to Turkey, but noted that all EU countries wanted the agreement to go through.

    [02] Two ferries with more than 700 refugees expected to dock at Piraeus on Friday

    The ferry "Ariadni" carrying 638 refugees and migrants from two islands of Eastern Aegean Sea docked at the port of Piraeus early in the morning on Friday. More specifically, the ferry carried 240 persons from Chios and another 398 refugees and migrants from Mytilene.

    Later in the day is expected to arrive the ferry "blue star 2" with 79 refugees from Leros and another 5 from Kos.

    Buses sit on the curb at the port to transport the refugees in hosting centres in the city of Ioannina, in Epirus (Western Greece). However is difficult to be confirmed the number of the people who shall be relocated, since many of the refugees deny to embark and leave the port, fearing that they remain stranded in the centres and could not leave Greece.

    According to the numbers provided by the Piraeus Port Authority, the number of the refugees and migrants hosted in the passengers stations and other facilities of the port on Thursday raised to 4,500 persons.

    On Thursday only 349 persons could be possible to be transported from Piraeus port to the hosting centre of Ritsona. Within the port's premises are stationed forces of the Coast Guard in order to discourage and deter incidents among the refugees, like the one recorded on Thursday that left three refugees injured.


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