'All refugees cannot come to Europe': UN official

'Refugees and migrants have to understand that all of them do not have a right to come to Europe because that is not possible,' Geneva-based UN official says

'All refugees cannot come to Europe': UN official

World Bulletin / News Desk

All refugees do not have the right to come to Europe, a senior UN official has said.

"Refugees and migrants have to understand that all of them do not have a right to come to Europe because that is not possible," Michael Moller, director-general of the UN Office in Geneva, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

Moller also said that the refugee issue was not a "European crisis".

“It is a global crisis and it has to be dealt within that context. International solidarity has to be ramped up a bit. The rest of the world has to share the burden with Europe and other countries, particularly Turkey," he said.

There are nearly 2.5 million refugees in Turkey, and the country says it has so far spent $8 billion on refugees while support from other countries has amounted to only $417 million.

"Citizens in Europe have stepped up the plate and showed great sense of humanity than their own politicians," he said.

He added that the Syrian crisis should be solved politically.

Millions of Syrian refugees have fled their country since war broke out more than four years ago. The UN said in June that the number of forcibly-displaced people worldwide has "for the first time in the post-World War II era exceeded 50 million people".

On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a joint meeting with German opposite number Angela Merkel that Turkey was ready to "open all channels of cooperation" to help the European Union resolve an escalating refugee crisis at its borders.

Merkel said that the world was facing a "crisis beyond control", adding that cooperation between German and Turkish government should grow to adequately tackle the refugee influx.

The German chancellor also said that Germany was willing to help revive Turkey's stalling EU accession process by opening the Economy and Monetary Policy chapter to negotiations.

An EU summit in Brussels called on Friday for implementing an action plan with Turkey -- which came complete with several economic and political incentives for Ankara -- to stop the flow of refugees into Europe.

- Cyprus issue

About the ongoing talks over the Cyprus issue, Moller said: "I think it is high time that the problem of Cyprus is solved. This is a problem that should not exist any longer for the Cypriots on both sides and the region."

He also said that it was the "best chance" in the past 40 years for a solution.

The eastern Mediterranean island was divided into a Turkish Cypriot state in the northern third and a Greek Cypriot administration in the southern two-thirds after a 1974 military coup by Greece was followed by the intervention of Turkey as a guarantor power.

Long-stalled negotiations to find a way to settle the conflict resumed May 15.

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