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Plan aims at people smugglers

Greece has joined forces with Iran, Pakistan and Turkey by signing an agreement with the three countries that is aimed at fighting organized crime and the illegal trafficking of immigrants and drugs. The document foresees tighter cooperation between each nation’s authorities, improved border control and the setting up of a system that warns of waves of immigrants on the move. Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis described the meeting as positive and said that it is the first time that the four countries, which share a common problem, have sat down to develop an action plan. The details of the agreement will be worked out at a later date with the help of experts. «We believe that human trafficking is usually linked to other forms of organized crime, including the drug trade and terrorism,» said Voulgarakis. Future meetings between the countries will take place on a regular basis and will also include Afghanistan, the ministers decided.