ANKARA (Sputnik) — Ankara and Brussels agreed on a deal in March, under which Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis.
In return, the bloc pledged to accelerate the Turkish EU accession bid and introduce a visa-free regime, as well as provide financial aid to Turkey to cover the costs of migrant reception.
On November 24, the European Parliament approved an initiative to suspend EU membership talks with Turkey. The initiative was supported by 471 parliamentarians, with 37 votes against and 107 abstentions. However, the vote was non-binding and mostly symbolic, which meant it would not be supported by the European Commission.
"It is necessary to hold EU-Turkey summit and make decision there on eliminating obstacles to the implementation of agreements, including on the issues agreed on March 18 [migration]. Unlike the European Union, Turkey has largely fulfilled its commitments under the agreements," Celik was quoted as saying by Anadolu news agency.
He added that Ankara was not obliged to unilaterally fulfill obligations under the reached agreements.
Celik stressed that EU-Turkey cooperation was not limited to the issues of illegal immigration and terrorism, and it was necessary to focus on strategic ties between the countries.