Conditions are not yet safe for returns of Syrians to their country, a position the EU has recently reaffirmed.
“The only country that does that to some extent is Turkey,” said Christodoulides of Cyprus, which sends Syrians to the areas it controls in the north of the country. “In fact, there is some information that it is sending them back with a Turkish passport, as part of a deliberate policy,” he added.
Christodoulides also said that some EU members, including Cyprus want talks on Syria to start. Lebanon too is pushing for returns of Syrians, but this discussion has not begun yet, he said.
Despite reactions by some circles, the government has decided to reopen its embassy in Damascus, a move made by four other member states, the minister said so that when the conditions are right Cyprus can start discussions on this issue.