Published August 03, 2016
The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and Africa (all times local):
A government official in Greece says there is no sign a deal between the European Union and Turkey to stop migrants coming to Europe has faltered since the attempted military coup in the country.
Giorgos Kyritsis, a spokesman for a government crisis committee, told the AP Wednesday that daily arrivals by migrants and refugees at Greek islands facing Turkey's coast have remained low since the deadly coup attempt on July 15.
But he said Athens had renewed requests to the EU to end delays in an emergency funding and the implementation of a relocation program for migrants stranded in Greece.
Tension has risen between Turkey and the EU over alleged large-scale human rights abuses and other issues following the coup attempt, prompting concern that the migrant deal could collapse.
A group of British lawmakers says the country has fewer than 10 Border Force vessels to patrol 7,000 miles (11,000 kilometers) of coastline — a "worryingly low" number.
The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee says Royal Navy vessels should be used to bolster coastal security and deter people-smugglers.
The government announced in May that it was buying eight new patrol boats to supplement the five-strong Border Force fleet. But the committee said in a report Wednesday that only four have been deployed, "and the remaining four will not be available for more than a year."
Committee chairman Keith Vaz said that "Border Force is operating worryingly low numbers of vessels to protect our borders."
The government says additional military and law enforcement vessels are available if needed.