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Commissioner Stylianides: handling the refugee crisis is a top priority

Christos Stylianides

By Anna Andreou

European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, has underlined the significance of education for migrant children.

Speaking after a meeting with Turkey’s EU Minister Volkan Bozkir in Ankara on Friday, he said that the greatest defence is education.

Handling the refugee crisis is the first priority he said, noting that there is no end in the horizon in the refugee crisis which has global repercussions and demands global handling. No country can deal with the repercussions of the refugee crisis alone and therefore collective action is necessary, he added.

He also said that Turkey is a key player in these developments, noting that the European Commission recognises and fully acknowledges that the largest number of refugees from Syria are hosted by Turkey.

Stylianides said that the seriousness of the refugee crisis creates a new international environment and within this framework the World Humanitarian Summit in Constantinople (Istanbul) will take place. For this reason, he added, it is important to mobilise all world leaders at the highest level to undertake commitments.

With the completion of the summit, he added, Constantinople will become a symbol of bridging the continents, cultures, religions and the East and the West. It will become a symbol of dialogue and cooperation for humanitarian aid, he added.

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