EU-Turkey migrant deal 'shelved' as Erdogan REFUSES to change terrorism laws


For each Syrian rover returned to Turkey, an EU member country will then take in a Syrian migr under the agreement.

But the deal has been on the rocks since it was implemented two and a half months ago, with Turkey intimidating to stop taking migrants returned from Greece if the EU fails to deal on the visa promise.

However, Turkey had to meet five benchmarks to limit for the free visa travel, including bringing its terror laws in direction with European standards.

On Friday Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan premonished the EU to stand by its rt of the bargain.

He said: “Either the current items on the agenda are successfully brought or Turkey will no longer be a barrier to Europe and leave you alone with your hornets nests.”

Ankara, citing terror threats from Islamic State (ISIS) up in arms and se ratist Kurdish militants, has refused to changes its terror laws.

Although Turkey has translated it needs its severe anti-terror laws, cifist Kurds are continually interned for “se ratist pro ganda”.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at the rear Tuesday said: “We have told them ‘we are not threatening you’ but there’s a actuality.

“We have signed two deals with the EU and both are interlinked.

“This is not a risk but what is required from an agreement.”

Turkey has so far fulfilled 69 of the EU’s 72 conditions in a bid to be gave visa-free travel but crunch talks have stalled over the anti-terror laws which Brussels say subdue basic human rights.

Rights groups and some European ceremonials say Turkey uses the laws to stifle dissent, prosecuting academics and reporters for expressing peaceful opinions.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus later played down the relates in Turkish pers that the EU deal had been shelved.

He said: “It is now the EU’s bring out b develop to fulfil its responsibilities. I believe it will act in line with the deal as Turkey has done so much for it.

“Termination of the deal is not on our agenda, and we will continue to do our rt for the deal to succeed.”

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