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Theodorikakos: Europe Νeeds to Τhank Greece for Guarding the Borders

September 8, 2022

ATHENS – “Our European partners need to thank Greece, the Greek people, our people living near the borders and the Greek Police that work so hard to guard the borders of the Western world with Turkey,” Citizen Protection Minister Takis Theodorikakos said on Thursday in an interview with Mega TV, making an extensive reference to the “Akritas” border fence plan currently underway in Evros.

The minister said that since the beginning of the year more than 150,000 illegal migrants have tried to cross the Evros borders and were prevented by the police, while in August they reached 40,000.

“Illegal migration flows are tolerated or even led by neighbouring Turkey,” Theodorikakos said and underlined that the “Akritas” plan, which provides for the extension of the fence by 140 kilometers, the reinforcement of personnel with the hiring of 250 border guards and upgrading border protection means with state-of-the-art technological equipment, also includes alternative scenarios with movements of Greek Police forces and special units.

“We are ready to respond to any further pressure on our borders in Evros at any time and there is absolutely no way we will not do everything we need to do to prevent anyone from illegally crossing the borders of our country,” he stressed and added:

“The Greeks are absolutely united, determined, capable and efficient in guarding the borders of our country and our sovereign rights while respecting International Law and human life, whether it is day or night, and our neighbours are well aware of this.”

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