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    DIY: Ankara Should Give EU $6.6Bln to Take Away Refugees – Opposition Party

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    The joint EU-Ankara refugee plan was turning Turkey into "a buffer province", according to the president of Turkey's main opposition party.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkey should give Brussels $6.6 billion to take away all refugees residing in the country, rather than becoming a buffer state for the European Union in accordance with their refugee plan, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, president of the main Turkish opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), said Friday.

    "Let us give 6 billion euros ($6.6 billion) to [the European Union] and let them take all Syrian, Afghan and Pakistani [migrants] themselves," Kilicdaroglu said, as quoted by the Hurriyet newspaper.

    The Turkish politician added that the joint EU-Ankara refugee plan was turning Turkey into "a buffer province."

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks at a news conference at the end of a EU-Turkey summit in Brussels March 8, 2016.
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    On Monday, the EU-Turkey summit resulted in a deal on stemming migration flows into the European Union from the Middle East through Turkey. The sides called for the speedy implementation of the EU-Turkey action plan.

    Turkey has demanded an additional 3 billion euros from the European Union to deal with migrants on top of the earlier 3 billion-euro EU pledge. In exchange for the additional funding, Ankara has offered to take back all undocumented migrants that enter the European Union through Turkey and swap them on a one-for-one basis for legal Syrian refugees who are seeking to enter the bloc.

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