Paris attacks must not change EU refugee policy – Juncker

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the bloc’s refugee policy does not need to be overhauled after the Paris attacks and has urged world leaders not to start treating asylum-seekers as terrorists.

Mr Juncker said: “Those who organised these attacks, and those who carried them out, are exactly those who the refugees are fleeing.”

He told reporters at the G20 summit: “There is no need to revise the European Union’s entire refugee policy.”

He was speaking after Poland’s incoming government leaders said they would not accept refugees without security guarantees.

Mr Juncker urged them “to be serious about this, and not to give in (to) these basic reactions”.

European Union President Donald Tusk said earlier that signs had emerged that attacks on moderate opposition forces in Syria were creating a new flood of refugees.

He said such attacks will “only result (in) a new wave of refugees. And we have some signals that in fact it’s started”.

The US and its allies say Russian warplanes in Syria have mostly targeted moderate opponents of president Bashar Assad instead of their declared main target, Islamic State. Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the allegations.

Mr Tusk did not mention Russia by name but said IS is “the real enemy of the free world, not the moderate Syrian opposition”.

Published: Sunday 15th November 2015 by The News Editor

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