EU wants explanation from Turkey on migrant smugglers

The European Union wants Turkey to explain how human traffickers could have taken two cargo ships filled with migrants out of the country and toward the EU without the authorities noticing.

European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said on Jan. 6 that “given what has happened in recent days with the two ships, we wanted to clarify things with the Turkish authorities.”

The cargo ships were picked up in the Mediterranean last week with more than 1,000 migrants aboard, many of them fleeing Syria. The smugglers had locked up the migrants and sent the ships speeding towards the Italian coast with no one at the helm.

Bertaud said contacts with Turkey are happening at the “political and technical level.”

She added that “it’s always the same area the cargo ships are leaving from so there is a problem that has to be resolved there”…

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    That problem, in a word, is baksheesh.

    • Frau Katze

      That’s what I was thinking too.

  • Alain

    Does she seriously expect an honest answer?

  • edlancey

    They are lying scum

  • winniec

    Turkish border police have another good scam going.

  • ntt1

    turks are no friends of the west. Tow the damned things back into turkish waters and let the muslims deal with their own.

    • Frau Katze

      The Eurocrats are so stupid I can hardly believe they can get out of bed in the morning.