Pope Francis has suggested Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras should be awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize due to his contribution to solve the Migration crisis.
“I once spoke to a politician, a man that I respect and I will say the name: Alexis Tsipras,” the Pope told journalists during a press conference he had with them on a flight from Rabat to Rome.
” And speaking of this and the accords not to let [migrants] in, he explained the difficulties to me, but in the end, he spoke to me from the heart and said this phrase: ‘human rights are before accords.’ This sentence deserves the Nobel Prize,” Pope Francis added.
At the peak of the Migration crisis, Pope Francis visited the island of Lesvos on April 16, 2016, where he meet with refugees.
Excerpt of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Rabat.
Pope Francis: First of all, what I said a moment ago, the builders of walls, whether made of barbed wire that cuts with knives or bricks, will become prisoners of the walls they make. First. History will show this.
Secondly, Jordi Evole, when he interviewed me, he showed me a piece of that wire with the knives. I’ll tell you sincerely, I was moved. Then, when he left I cried. I cried because so much cruelty doesn’t enter into my heart and my head. Watching people drown in the Mediterranean doesn’t enter into my heart and my head, blocking ports doesn’t enter. This isn’t the way to solve the grave problem of immigration. I understand, a government with this problem has a “hot potato” that needs to be resolved in another way.
When I saw that wire, with knives, It seemed like I couldn’t believe it. Then, once I had the chance to see a video of the prison of refugees that return, that are sent back. Unofficial prisons, prisons among many traffickers. If you want, I can send [the video] to you. But they make suffering, they make suffering. They sell women and children there, the men remain. And the tortures that are seen filmed there are unbelievable. It was a film made in secret, with services. Here I do not let enter: It is right because I have no place, but there are other countries, there is the humanity of the European Union. We must talk about the whole European Union. I do not let them in, or let them drown there, or send them away knowing that so many of them will fall into the hands of these traffickers who will sell women and children, kill or torture to enslave men. This video is at your disposal.
I once spoke to a politician, a man that I respect and I will say the name: Alexis Tsipras. And speaking of this and the accords not to let [migrants] in, he explained the difficulties to me, but in the end, he spoke to me from the heart and said this phrase: ‘human rights are before accords.’ This sentence deserves the Nobel Prize. Full transcription text of Pope Francis presser Catholic News Agency
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