A Greek military cargo ship was due to set sail Saturday after protesters stopped it at a port, but the vessel would not be a direct “safe” channel for migrants who attempt the dangerous passage via the Aegean islands, the country’s foreign ministry said.
The Greek Defence Ministry’s Maritime section said the ship was originally to bring “a group of migrants and refugees” to the port of Rhodes but the vessel was still in port. It said in a tweet the boat was “cooperating” with Greek officials after being advised that protests near the port could “stymie the operation.”
The European Union needs to take a more co-ordinated approach on migration with action, and solidarity on the issue, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said earlier on Saturday.
“We face major risks to our continent’s prosperity, security and identity,” Maas said. “We have to show courage and resolve,” he added.