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Greece: IntMin Kouroumblis visits Idomeni refugee camp01:38

Greece: IntMin Kouroumblis visits Idomeni refugee camp

Greece, Idomeni
March 18, 2016 at 18:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis defended Greece's handling of the refugee crisis during a visit to the Idomeni refugee camp near the Greek-Macedonia border, Friday.

"I will not claim that there are no weaknesses because I wouldn't like to downplay the situation. The Greek state is faced with a storm that no state alone, with all the mechanisms it possesses, can easily handle," he said, before adding: "The Greek state [is handling the crisis] thanks to the self-sacrifice of police and army officers. These accusations [that Greece is not doing enough] are shameful. It’s a shame to discredit the efforts of the Greek state."

Around 14000 refugees are stranded near Idomeni after European countries along the Balkan route closed their borders to refugees and migrants earlier in March.

Greece: IntMin Kouroumblis visits Idomeni refugee camp01:38
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Greek Interior Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis defended Greece's handling of the refugee crisis during a visit to the Idomeni refugee camp near the Greek-Macedonia border, Friday.

"I will not claim that there are no weaknesses because I wouldn't like to downplay the situation. The Greek state is faced with a storm that no state alone, with all the mechanisms it possesses, can easily handle," he said, before adding: "The Greek state [is handling the crisis] thanks to the self-sacrifice of police and army officers. These accusations [that Greece is not doing enough] are shameful. It’s a shame to discredit the efforts of the Greek state."

Around 14000 refugees are stranded near Idomeni after European countries along the Balkan route closed their borders to refugees and migrants earlier in March.