EU, Turkey negotiating breakthrough deal on refugee crisis

March 18, 2016 12:29 PM

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EU, Turkey negotiating breakthrough deal on refugee crisis

European Union and Turkish leaders were locked in tense negotiations on Friday as the EU seeks to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey and ease the pressure from a human emergency that is increasingly dividing the bloc.

But making a tough early stand, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davotuglu said Ankara's prime concern was the fate of almost 3 million Syrian refugees on its territory. At the same time, Davutoglu was looking for unprecedented concessions to bring the EU's eastern neighbor closer to the bloc.

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