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Greek minister: EU unprepared if migration deal collapses

FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, June 13, 2016, migrants who live in the Hellenikon refugee and migrant camp in  Athens wait to register for asylum. A government official in Athens on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2106 said to the Associated Press that there is no sign yet that a deal between the European Union and Turkey to stop migrants coming to Europe has faltered since the attempted military coup in the country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, June 13, 2016, migrants who live in the Hellenikon refugee and migrant camp in Athens wait to register for asylum. A government official in Athens on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2106 said to the Associated Press that there is no sign yet that a deal between the European Union and Turkey to stop migrants coming to Europe has faltered since the attempted military coup in the country. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)  (The Associated Press)

A minister for migration in Greece says European Union countries would not be ready to deal with another surge in migration if a deal with Turkey to limit migrant and refugee arrivals collapses.

Yiannis Mouzalas said Greece and other European countries would be "severely tested" if the March agreement failed — in the wake of an attempted coup in Turkey and a government crackdown on its alleged sympathizers that has strained relations with the EU.

Mouzalas told private Skai television Thursday that "no country in Europe is ready" for a repeat of the mass arrival of migrants and refugees that occurred last year.

He made the remarks a day after a government official told the AP that the EU-Turkey deal was holding so far, with daily arrival numbers remaining low.