Berlin, Ankara call for NATO role in refugee crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu call for the creation of safe migration routes to Europe and for NATO to play a bigger role in the fight against human traffickers.

"We want to provide a safe route, a legal route [for refugees]," Merkel says, adding that NATO ministers are considering steps to involve the military alliance.

In an effort to stamp out illegal immigration, the chancellor and the Turkish prime minister say they are planning joint operations between the EU border agency Frontex and the Turkish coast guard.

"We have agreed on a fight against human trafficking," says Davutoglu.

Last update: Mon, 08/02/2016 - 15:13
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