Migrant crisis: Turkey says no deal done on EU action plan

Migrant crisis: Turkey says no deal done on EU action plan

Turkish officials have stressed that a plan agreed by EU officials for joint action with Turkey on the migrant crisis has not been finalised.


The leaders agreed to speed up visa liberalisation talks for Turks if Turkey stems the influx.


They also promised to “re-energise” talks on Turkey joining the EU and to consider more aid.


However, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said the agreement was still a draft.


He called the financial measures proposed by the EU “unacceptable”, according to the AFP news agency.


Earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had made scathing criticisms of Europe’s reaction to the crisis.


“They announce they’ll take in 30,000 to 40,000 refugees and then they are nominated for the Nobel for that. We are hosting two and a half million refugees but nobody cares,” he said.


At Thursday’s summit in Brussels, European leaders agreed to:


#  accelerate visa liberalisation for Turks wanting to visit the EU’s borderless Schengen area – if Turkey complies with certain criteria


#   “re-energise” talks over Turkey joining the EU


Nearly 600,000 migrants have reached the EU by sea so far this year, many of them travelling from Turkey.