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    Migration Crisis in Europe Demands 'Global Solution, Solidarity'

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    European Council President Donald Tusk said that the migrant crisis in the European Union has global dimension and demands a global solution.

    A member of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders - MSF) checks the temperature of a refugee onboard the Dignity 1 search and rescue vessel after they were rescued along with other migrants from their rubber boat by members of MSF in the Meditterranean sea off the coast of Libya on September 29, 2015
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    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — Tackling the acute migration crisis Europe is facing requires "global solution" and international "solidarity," European Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday.

    "The crisis we are talking about has global dimension and demands a global solution, and, first of all, it demands global solidarity," Tusk said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

    Also Tusk stated that the ongoing Syrian conflict cannot be settled without understanding by the regional players of mutual interests in its solving.

    "Syria's crisis will not be solved unless a common denominator of interests is found among the regional players. But the peace plan must not be only a formula for defining a new division into spheres of influence. Here, in the United Nations, we should speak not only about interests of the regional powers, but, above all, about the interests of millions of Syrians, including those internally displaced and the refugees," Tusk said in his address to the UN General Assembly.

    According to Tusk, everyone can help refugees and those who refuse should at least stop hiding their "indifference," criticizing Europe for making insufficient efforts to solve the problem.

    "If in Europe we are engaged in animated discussions on relocation quotas, it is because we care. It is because we seek to be as effective and as inclusive as possible. But quotas are just a fraction of what Europe is already doing to help those who flee wars and persecution."

    On September 22, home affairs and justice ministers for the bloc's 28-member states agreed to a European Commission proposal to resettle some 120,000 refugees currently in Greece, Italy and other EU-frontier states directly affected by the crisis.

    The plan is opposed by several EU states, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary.


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