Interior Minister to send a letter to EU asking for relocation for a number of individuals granted protection status

Cyprus’ Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides said on Sunday that next week he will send an official letter to his counterparts in the European Union and to the European Commission asking that a significant number of individuals granted protection in Cyprus be relocated to other EU countries.

In his statements about the inflow of migrants from the occupied territories of Cyprus to the government-controlled areas, the Minister said that “this is indeed an anomaly due to the occupation, adding that We are a country in the European Union that cannot control our northern borders and Frontex cannot patrol as in other countries, we cannot take measures taken by other countries “

He added that this phenomenon has also become an issue in the northern occupied areas of Cyprus adding that both himself and President Anastasiades have raised this issue in the EU Council of Ministers.

Minister said that we are officially asking for an important redistribution of these people in the absence of any permanent solution at a European level providing that will review the Dublin agreement.

The aim is to stop, at least to some extent, the disproportionate burden on Cyprus he said, adding that we will then see to what extent the solidarity existing among the European countries on this issue is implemented.

He dismissed criticism about the way Cyprus is handling the issue, saying that Nicosia had managed to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Cyprus and to see phenomena as we have seen in others EU countries that do not have the minimum number that we have, he concluded.

Source: Cyprus News Agency