Ankara Not to Fulfill Turkey-EU Migrant Deal in Full Without Visa Liberalization

© AP Photo / Burhan OzbilicA Turkish guard of honor hold a EU and a Turkish flag (File)
A Turkish guard of honor hold a EU and a Turkish flag (File) - Sputnik International
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Ankara will not be able to implement all the commitments taken under the EU-Turkey migrant deal, if the European Union does not introduce visa-free regime for the Turkish citizens, Turkey's Minister for EU Affairs Omer Celik said on Saturday.

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini arrives for an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 - Sputnik International
Ankara Reaffirms Commitment to EU-Turkey Migrant Deal - Mogherini
BRATISLAVA (Sputnik) — He added that the one-for-one migrant resettlement mechanism stipulated in the deal is not enough to settle the refugee crisis.

"While there is no visa liberalization, it is impossible to talk about the full implementation of readmission agreements," the minister told reporters after the talks with EU foreign ministers in Bratislava.

According to the deal agreed on March 18, Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who come ashore in Greece if EU countries receive Syrian refugees resettled from Turkish camps on a one-for-one basis.

The bloc also promised to accelerate the Turkish EU accession and introduce visa-free regime once Turkey meets the 72 conditions set by the bloc. Ankara has not fulfilled the five conditions that relate to data protection and anti-terror laws so far.

In August, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that Ankara would scrap the EU-Turkey migrant deal if Turkish nationals were not granted visa-free access to the European Union's borderless Schengen area by mid-October.

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