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    STRASBOURG uk canada goose (Reuters) Turkey must meet all criteria for visa free travel with Europe, a top European Union official canada goose clearance said on canada goose factory sale Tuesday, after Ankara threatened to walk away from a crucial migration deal with Brussels unless it Canada Goose Outlet eased travel rules for Turkish citizens.

    Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends news conference in Helsinki, Finland on April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva

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    But Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday Turkey would no longer need to honour canada goose clearance sale the accord if the EU failed to ease visa requirements by June.

    part of the agreement, we are working towards visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens. Turkey must fulfil all remaining conditions, European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a regional rights body bringing together 47 Canada Goose Coats On Sale states.

    liberalisation is a matter of criteria. The criteria will not be watered down in the case of Turkey, he said.

    Granting visa waiver to Turkey, a country of 75 million, is Canada Goose sale highly controversial among EU states where some fear it would open the way for more Muslim migration to the bloc already struggling with its worst migration crisis in decades.

    More than 1.1 million refugees and migrants reached canada goose uk black friday the EU last year, mostly via Greece from Turkey. But daily cheap Canada Goose arrivals have fallen sharply since the Ankara Brussels deal.

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    EU officials monitoring implementation of the deal on the ground said last week that canada goose uk outlet the four related visa free conditions were from being fulfilled and Juncker pressed Davutoglu on that when they met face to face in Strasbourg Canada Goose online on Tuesday.

    Ankara has so far shied away from such steps, saying that would trigger more arrivals into the country, which already hosts some 2.5 million refugees from neighbouring Syria, more than any other single country.

    Addressing parliamentarians after meeting Juncker, Davutoglu did not signal that was about to change: has fulfilled all its commitments under the deal. All the provisions we agreed on in the uk canada goose outlet EU Turkey deal have been put into effect. There is no pending issues. In fact we, Turkey, can talk about some pending issues.