EnetEnglish.gr, 17:22 Friday 24 January 2014
Public order minister links 'illegal immigration' to terrorism
Nikos Dendias makes claims only days after Farmakonisi drowning disaster
In the same week that nine children and three women drowned during a controversial coastguard operation, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias claims 'terrorism is likely to exploit the phenomenon of illegal immigration'
Days after the drowning of twelve migrants, including nine children, in the eastern Aegean during a controversial coastguard operation, a government minister has sought to link the issue of "illegal immigration" with terrorism.
"Terrorism is likely to exploit the phenomenon of illegal immigration," Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias said at a press conference following the conclusion of an informal meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers in Athens.
Dendias said that raised the issues of combating international terrorism, border management, immigration and illegal immigration at the meeting.
Meanwhile, another minister who alleged on Thursday that Europe's human rights watchdog was trying to make a "political point" against Greece over the drowning tragedy near the islet Farmakonisi said that he was "shocked" at the incident.
"We are shocked at the Farmakonisi incident and at any loss of human life at sea," Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told the same press conference.
He said the circumstances surrounding the accident would be investigated by prosecutors.