Greek officials said that in 24 hours between March 2 and March 3 morning hours, 5,183 people were prevented from entering the country, 45 people were detained they added. (Image: social media).
On March 3 morning, two men — one from Mali and one from Afghanistan — were arrested by Greek agents shortly after crossing the border, and loaded into a van with about 20 more people, from Somalia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Iraq, the Associated Press reported.
The new flow of migrants attempting to illegally enter Europe comes days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his country was easing restrictions on those wishing to cross the border to leave Turkey.
Erdogan said his country, which has more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees, is unable to cope with a new wave and demands Europe’s “support”.
“It’s done, the gates are open,” Erdogan said March 2 in a TV announcement. “You will have your share of this burden now, ” adding that Europe could expect “millions” of migrants and refugees from now onward.
“We strongly condemn the cynical blackmail by Turkish President Erdogan with the lives of people. The European border to Greece is not open and sending people there is dangerous and irresponsible. What happens at the border is fully Turkey‘s responsibility” wrote in his Twitter micro blog Manfred Weber, the leader of the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament.
The March Foreign Affairs Council will start with a discussion the permanent structured cooperation (PESCO). Ministers are expected to adopt a decision formally establishing the list of projects to be developed under PESCO. They are also expected to adopt a recommendation on an implementation roadmap of PESCO.
Last December, the Council adopted a decision establishing PESCO. The 25 member states taking part in PESCO have already agreed on the initial list of 17 collaborative projects.
Defence ministers will exchange views on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy in the field of security and defence. They will focus amongst others on the coordinated annual review on defence (CARD), the European defence fund (EDF), CSDP partnerships, and the ongoing work on military mobility.
The Council will then review the EU training missions deployed in Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia. It will be the opportunity to review the functioning of the military planning and conduct capability (MPCC). Established in June 2017, the MPCC oversees EU training missions.
Over lunch, defence ministers will discuss EU-NATO cooperation together with the Secretary-General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.
U.S. President Donald Trump urged his administration to seek a reinforced version of his travel ban proposal following a weekend terrorist attack in London, and pressed for an expedited judicial review by the nation’s top court. What is widely called a ‘travel ban’ is an Executive Order 13769, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. The Homeland Security travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen as potentially representing terrorist threat.
“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original travel ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.,” Trump, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court, wrote in a series of early morning tweets on the issue.
“The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down travel ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version!” tweeted Trump, who as president oversees the department.
The Council will discuss the situation in the Horn of Africa, a region facing destabilisation, in particular in Somalia and South Sudan. The discussion is expected to focus on the political and security challenges, including the implications of the situation in the wider region, across the Red Sea.
The Council will examine EU-Africa relations based on a joint communication by the High Representative and the Commission for a renewed impetus of the Africa-EU Partnership. The discussion will feed into the preparation of the EU-Africa Summit in November.
Foreign Affairs ministers will have a lunch discussion with Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission who took office on 14 March 2017.
The United Nations has declared famine in parts of South Sudan and warned that more than 20 million people risk dying from starvation because of drought and conflict in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria, while more than 100 million face acute malnutrition worldwide.
Stephen O’Brien, the United Nations’ top humanitarian official underlined the link between conflict and famine. “Those (hunger crises) all share this terrible and devastating commonality: violence and conflict which have contributed to or directly caused famine risk conditions,” he said.
A decade ago most international aid organizations focused almost 80% of their resources on natural disaster threats and the rest on “manmade humanitarian risks”, but it is now the other way around, he said.
The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the U.N. humanitarian chief said.
Stephen O’Brien told the U.N. Security Council that “without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death” and “many more will suffer and die from disease.”
He urged an immediate injection of funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria plus safe and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid “to avert a catastrophe.”
“To be precise,” O’Brien said, “we need $4.4 billion by July.”
Without a major infusion of money, he said, children will be stunted by severe malnutrition and won’t be able to go to school, gains in economic development will be reversed and “livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost.”
“The attack on civilians in Mogadishu today is yet another act of terror targeting the Somali people by those wanting to undermine progress towards a stable and secure Somalia”, – says the statement of the European External Action Service.
“We pay respect to those who lost their lives and express our deepest condolences to their families and friends.
The blast took place just as Somalia recently concluded a political transition process and a new President was elected. We stand with President Farmajo and the new leadership to bring security and further build strong institutions. Forces undermining peace are not to be tolerated.
The EU will continue its relentless support to the people of Somalia in their efforts to recover from years of conflict and rebuild their country.”
Britain’s Conservative government has placed a limit on the number of lone child refugees it will accept into the country, citing fears that people traffickers were exploiting the system.
About 350 children will be allowed in – far fewer than the 3,000 originally expected under the law that had been aimed at helping some of the tens of thousands of migrant children across Europe. Around 200 children have been brought in thus far.
Since the migrant crisis broke out there have been a lot of controversy, and confusion in the European Union about so-called ‘child-refugees’ providing false information about their age in an attempt to claim more benefits. The flow of false claims will certainly complicate the situation of children-refugees, focusing on the overwhelming abuse of the system by adult migrants.
A Somalian named Youssaf Khaliif Nuur claimed he was 15 (6ft tall) ‘refugee child’ appeared in a Swedish court accused of stabbing a woman to death at a ‘young migrants’ hostel. (Pictured below at Court).
The pictures of the two ‘boys’ from Somalia and Iraq were published in the Swedish press to confirm how enthusiastically this politically correct nation welcomes in orphaned young migrants.
Picture: Saad Alsaud is reported to have been the fastest 14-year-old in Sweden.
Refugees, aid workers and rights groups have welcomed a Kenyan court ruling blocking the government’s decision to close the world’s largest refugee camp and return more than 200,000 Somalians to their war-stricken homeland.
Ministers had acted beyond their powers by ordering the closure of the sprawling Dadaab facility, ruled the judge John Mativo. The government’s decision specifically targeted Somali refugees as an act of group persecution, and was illegal, discriminatory and therefore unconstitutional, -Mavito said.