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Turkey, EU seek to end visa row with migrant deal at stake

  • Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir addresses the media after a meeting with Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Thursday May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir addresses the media after a meeting with Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Thursday May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir addresses the media after a meeting with Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Thursday May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir addresses the media after a meeting with Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on Thursday May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrant children help volunteers to hang a tarpaulin between containers at the Athens port of Piraeus on Friday, May 13, 2016. Hundreds of refugees and migrants continue to move everyday at government-built shelters and less than 1,500 people remain at Piraeus. The European Union's border agency says that the number of migrants arriving in the Greek islands dropped by 90 percent in April compared to the previous month. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

    Migrant children help volunteers to hang a tarpaulin between containers at the Athens port of Piraeus on Friday, May 13, 2016. Hundreds of refugees and migrants continue to move everyday at government-built shelters and less than 1,500 people remain at Piraeus. The European Union's border agency says that the number of migrants arriving in the Greek islands dropped by 90 percent in April compared to the previous month. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)  (The Associated Press)

Turkish European Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir is holding talks with senior European Union officials to try to end an impasse over part of the EU's migrant deal with Turkey.

Bozkir meets Friday with the EU's enlargement commissioner and foreign policy chief amid a standoff over whether Turkey should modify its anti-terror laws to secure visa-free travel in Europe for its citizens.

Bozkir said Thursday that "if there is a difficulty in this particular element then perhaps all of the elements of the package we have discussed and decided in the last months will be at stake."

The visa waiver is an incentive — along with up to 6 billion euros ($6.8 billion) and fast-track EU membership talks — for Turkey to stop migrants reaching Europe and take back thousands more.