EU agrees joint position to put to Turkey on migrant crisis
March 18, Berlin: Luxembourg prime minster Xavier Bettel has said that EU leaders have agreed a joint position to put to Turkey in an attempt to reach a deal over the migrant crisis.
Bettel said the common EU position would be put to Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday morning. The proposed deal would see all migrants travelling to Greece from Turkey sent back.
In return it is thought the EU might offer Turkey financial aid and visa-free access to Schengen countries.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Turkey had to meet international standards of protection for all migrants, Reuters reports.
She said that legal resettlement of Syrian refugees from Turkey to the EU under the deal could start a few days after the first returns from Greece.
However, she added that the EU needed to be ready to start returning migrants from Greece to Turkey rapidly to avoid a "pull factor" creating a surge of migrants before the new system takes effect, news report said.
The Oslo Times