The issue of the Green Line and the uncontrolled influx of migrants from Turkey to the Republic of Cyprus was raised today before the 27 EU member states as a common problem, Cyprus Fileleftheros has revealed the newspaper.
In a joint letter signed by the interior ministers of the five EU host countries, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain, to European Commissioner Ylva Johansson, the Green Line issue was raised before the Council on European Affairs and Justice. .
The five ministers state the following in their priorities: “MED 5 considers that issues requiring legislative changes for implementation within the EU should not wait for the outcome of the Pact negotiations. In this regard, tangible and rapid results can be achieved. In addition to the Pact negotiations, progress can (and should) be made, especially in the areas of the external dimension, strengthening returns and managing external borders. Similarly, the flow of migrants to the Republic of Cyprus through the Green Line should be managed similarly, although the Green Line is not a border.
As Liberal notes, it is of particular importance that the joint MED 5 letter present the Green Line “hole” as a common EU problem and as part of the priorities for the negotiation of the Immigration and Asylum Pact.
Cypriot Interior Minister Nikos Nouris had urgently raised the issue with Ylva Johansson during her visit to Cyprus last week, with the European Commissioner acknowledging the problem.