Turkey seeks end to NATO migrant mission in Aegean sea

October 27, 2016 14:02

Turkey is seeking an end to NATO's counter-migration mission in the Aegean Sea, telling the US-led alliance that the sharp drop in refugees trying to get to Greece means there is no longer a need for warships to patrol its coast.

Turkey's Defence Minister Fikri Isik told his NATO colleagues at a dinner on Wednesday that Ankara no longer saw a need for the mission to continue beyond the end of December, according to two people briefed on the exchanges.

On Thursday, Isik told reporters in Brussels: "This was a temporary mission, and the goal has been reached in this temporary mission. There is no need to extend it further."

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