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Greece asks Extension of Frontex presence

Concerned about a possible immigrants influx from Egypt, Greece has asked the Frontex to extend its presence at the country’s sea and land borders, Greek daily Kathimerini reported.

Quoting sources from the Greek Citizens’ Protection Ministry the newspaper reports that Greek authorities submitted the request to EU’s border agency Frontex.  The sources confirmed the request and that the informal response from Frontex was positive.

Greek officials revealed that negotiations are taking place so that Greece will be excluded from the Frontex’s budget cuts.

The agreement between Greece and the EU  agency foresaw Frontex patrols at the Evros land border and Aegean Sea until March 2011.

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