Spain seeking changes to "unacceptable" EU-Turkey migration deal

Spain is seeking changes to a migration deal that the European Union is negotiating with Turkey, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo says, expressing concern that the foreseen agreement violates international and European law.

"This proposal seemed to us since the beginning, from the point of view of the government, unacceptable," Garcia-Margallo tells journalists in Brussels on the margins of a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

"Spain will only accept ... an agreement that is coherent, compatible and respectful of international law and extraordinarily respectful of the human rights of people who have to flee from their country," he adds, noting that any "collective expulsions" by the EU of migrants would be particularly problematic.

Madrid has given a mandate to its EU ambassador to seek a correction of the legal texts, Garcia-Margallo says. He adds that anyone who arrives on European soil should be allowed to file an asylum request that should be assessed individually, with a right to appeal.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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