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(GEN) EU DEPLOYING SECURITY PERSONNEL AT GREEK-TURKISH BORDER AGAINST ILLEGAL MIGRATION.

BRUSSELS, Oct 25, 2010 (TUR) -- European Union is getting ready to deploy border security personnel at the Greek-Turkish border to prevent illegal migration.

The EU commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom said in a press release Monday that the Greek government requested from FRONTEX (the EU Agency for the Management of the Operational Cooperation at the External Borders) the deployment of Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) to assist Greece in controlling its external land border with Turkey.

The press release said the request of Greece was accepted as a rise had recently been observed in the number of illegal migrants crossing the border and the situation became increasingly dramatic, particularly at the 12.5 kilometres stretch near the Greek town of Orestiada.

This will be the first assignment of the RABITs which have been established in 2007 under the roof of FRONTEX. RABITs are made up of specialist technical and human resources from across the EU and are kept in full readiness against the emergence of unforeseen crisis at the external borders of EU countries.

"This mechanism aims to provide rapid operational assistance to a Member State that is facing a situation of urgent and exceptional pressure at points of its external borders, due to large numbers of third-country nationals trying to enter in an irregular way on the territory. The teams, coordinated by FRONTEX, will be deployed at the external border and will ensure mutual assistance between Member States of the European Union; they will act under the authority of Greece and will be in place for a limited period of time," said the press release.

"The situation at the Greek land border with Turkey is increasingly worrying. The flows of people crossing the border irregularly have reached alarming proportions and Greece is manifestly not able to face this situation alone. I am very concerned about the humanitarian situation. I trust that proper assistance will be given to all person crossing the border and that the request for international protection will be considered, in full compliance with EU and international standards," Malmstrom was quoted as saying in the press release.

FRONTEX, the EU agency based in Warsaw, was created as a specialised and independent body tasked to coordinate the operational cooperation between Member States in the field of border security. Its responsibility is to ensure that the EU's external borders remain permeable and efficient for bona fide travellers while being an effective barrier to cross-border crime.

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