A man and a woman hold their children after arriving on a dinghy from a Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. More than 810,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year, and over 200,000 in October alone. Four out of five this year have crossed from Turkey to Greece. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)
ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — The latest news as hundreds of thousands make their way across Europe in search of safety and a better life. All times local.
A top European Union official says the bloc’s refugee policy does not need to be overhauled in the wake of the Paris attacks and is urging world leaders not to start treating asylum-seekers as terrorists.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Sunday that “those who organized these attacks, and those who carried them out, are exactly those who the refugees are fleeing.”
Juncker told reporters at the G20 summit in Turkey that “there is no need to revise the European Union’s entire refugee policy.”
Poland’s incoming government leaders declared Saturday that they would not accept refugees without security guarantees.
Juncker urged them “to be serious about this, and not to give in (to) these basic reactions I don’t like.”
European Union President Donald Tusk says signs have emerged that attacks on moderate opposition forces in Syria are creating a new flood of refugees.
Tusk told reporters at the G20 summit in Turkey on Sunday that such attacks will “only result (in) a new wave of refugees. And we have some signals that in fact it’s started.”
The U.S and its allies say Russian warplanes in Syria have mostly targeted moderate opponents of President Bashar Assad instead of their declared main target, the Islamic State group.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the allegations.
Tusk did not mention Russia by name but said that the Islamic State is “the real enemy of the free world, not the moderate Syrian opposition.”
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