March 16, 2016 / 12:04 PM / in 2 years

EU sees Turkey migrant deal as 'temporary'

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and European Council President Donald Tusk shake hands after a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, in this March 15, 2016 handout photo by the Prime Minister's Press Office. REUTERS/Hakan Goktepe/Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout via Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk has stressed in a note to EU leaders that a planned deal with Turkey to stem the flow of migrants to Greek islands will be a “temporary and extraordinary measure”.

The note, seen by Reuters, lays out principles for an agreement that Tusk hopes to conclude when he chairs a summit of EU leaders on Thursday followed by a meeting of EU leaders with the Turkish prime minister in Brussels on Friday.

It stresses the need for asylum seekers landing in Greece to be returned to Turkey only after their claims are reviewed under EU law and that Turkey will protect them.

Reporting by Tom Koerkemeier; Editing by Alastair Macdonald; @macdonaldrtr

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