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President Mustafa Akıncı called for “help” to the European Union about the refugee crisis in the region where many people lost their lives.

During his speech at a reception Akıncı said that the photograph of the dead body of an infant refugee that washed up on a shore deeply wounded people’s hearts.

Akıncı added: “Humanity cannot live with this shame. I would like to make a call as the Turkish Cypriot Leader. A helping hand should be extended to these people. This war in the region is continuing barbarously and innocent people pay the price”.

Akıncı also criticized the European Union on the subject and said: “This is a crime against humanity. The European Union, of which we also want to become a part, should not remain silent any longer and should open its doors to these people, at least as Turkey did.”

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