U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres has welcomed broad measures announced by the Greek Government to create a modern and effective migration and asylum system that fully respects human rights. He also pledged the full support of UNHCR for the reforms, saying they constitute part of a comprehensive approach to asylum, migration and integration "which will make the system fully compatible with international law and the Greek tradition of hospitality." During their meetings this week, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou had pledged his commitment to tackling the situation given that Greece is a key entry point into the European Union for refugees and irregular migrants. He added that he intends to bring the country's asylum system into conformity with the 1951 Refugee Convention and E.U. law. (U.N. News Service)

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