Turkey rejects Amnesty claims over 'forcibly returning' Syrians
ANKARA - Agence France-Presse
A man carries a child as migrants and refugees carry on with their daily lives at the makeshift camp along the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni on April 1, 2016. AFP PhotoTurkey vehemently rejected accusations by Amnesty International that it was forcibly returning Syrian refugees to the conflict-torn country on April 2, as Ankara prepares to take back, under an EU deal, Syrians who traveled illegally to Greece.
"The allegations do not reflect reality in any way," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "It is sad that some countries, which have closed their borders with wire fences in order not to take in refugees, have intensely shared this kind of news with the public, when our country has mobilized all kinds of resources for Syrians," it added.
Greece is due on April 4 to start sending back to Turkey all migrants, including Syrians, who crossed the Aegean Sea illegally.
Amnesty said its revelations showed Turkey was not a "safe country" for Syrian refugees to return to.
But the Turkish foreign ministry insisted there was "no change" in the open-door policy that for the last years has allowed any Syrian fleeing the civil war there to seek refuge in the country.
"Turkey is committed to continue to provide protection to Syrians fleeing violence and instability under its international obligations," it added.