German minister expects Turkey to uphold EU migrant deal

German minister expects Turkey to uphold EU migrant deal
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere addresses a news conference at the interior ministry in Berlin, Germany, February 1, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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ST. WENDEL, GERMANY – German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Friday (March 17) that he expected Ankara to stick to a deal reached between the European Union and Turkey last year to stem the flow of migrants.

He also said Turkey was being provocative every day to get a response and make Turkey look like a victim.

His comments came after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday (March 15) that Turkey may cancel a migrant readmission agreement with the European Union, and is also re-evaluating a $6 billion refugee deal with the bloc.

In 2015, more than a million refugees and migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond reached Europe, crossing over to Greek islands from Turkey. The flow has all but stopped since the EU-Ankara deal came into force on March 20, 2016.

A spokesman for the German government said on Friday there were no signs Ankara had suspended the deal, adding the numbers of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece continued to be very low.

(Reuters)