Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos speaks at a news conference at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
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Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said Turkey was not doing enough to reduce the number of migrants arriving in Europe and accused Turkish port officials of helping people smugglers, drawing a denial from Ankara Monday."Allegations that Turkish authorities have closed their eyes to human trafficking and helped smugglers are baseless and slander," the official told Reuters.He said statistics showed Turkey had prevented the passage of nearly 200,000 irregular migrants and caught more than 3,800 people smugglers in 2015 .Pavlopoulos said Greece was still prepared to contribute towards the 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion) pledged by the EU to Turkey to help care for Syrian refugees as long as Ankara fulfilled its obligations.
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