POLITICS > Turkey says it can take no more than 100,000 Syrian refugees

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Aa Photo

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Aa Photo

Turkey cannot handle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees and instead proposes a UN buffer zone inside Syria to shelter them, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in remarks published Monday.
"If the number of refugees increases to 100,000, we will not be able to shelter them in Turkey. We have to welcome them in Syrian territory" under UN auspices, Davutoglu told the newspaper Hurriyet.
The chief Turkish diplomat urged the United Nations to set up refugee camps "within the borders of Syria" in order to contain the number of Syrians fleeing the conflict in their country.
Davutoglu said Ankara would take part in a ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on August 30 to study the humanitarian situation in Syria and neighbouring countries, hoping a decision will be taken there.
But Russia and China, which have used their veto three times on UN Security Council resolutions threatening sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, may not attend.
The exodus of refugees to Turkey has instensified in the last week as a result of a Syrian army offensive and fighting in the northern city of Aleppo, reaching a total of 70,000.
Turkish authorities began distributing aid to refugees on Syrian soil at the weekend.
The increasing flow of refugees has raised fears of a repeat of the 1991 Gulf War in 1991, when 500,000 Iraqi Kurds massed along the common border.


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8/21/2012 12:15:17 PM

@Sam; multiculturalism is not a test that we can fail or pass... its not a luxury we choose to accommodate or not... It s a necessity if human race is to survive. That is where you, many europeans, most of middle-east including most Turks fail to realize.


8/21/2012 12:09:55 PM

@SAM:the problem you have is with fanatics of which there is no short supply among christians either. But only the muslim ones disturb you. I quote you again; 'The only difference here is that you have more in common with Syrians..being muslims, than we do in the UK, being Christians'.Do u define culture as purely a religious phenomenon? I must ask; religion aside there are vast cultural differences among EU members but differences irk you only when its religious?islamaophobic r we?

sam stevens

8/20/2012 10:35:21 PM

Cemre Tan. That is the problem with muslims in Europe especually the UK .....they are not secular & try to dominate those who are not muslim,multiculturism is a total failure.

stella maris

8/20/2012 10:26:29 PM

@ Tomas Far from being a fan of Assad I do not have any more trust into the Islamists who want to take his place.The international actions were stupid, especially from US and Qatar, who is a known warmonger in the region. Giving weapons to the rebels, what they all do, is only prolonging the chaos and the suffering. They should have put much more effort into negotiations or sanctions, even if it would have lasted months or years. They are not so in a hurry with Iran!

Red Tail

8/20/2012 9:42:55 PM

I can not understand why not the Muslim community in the region can sort this out? Turkey is a super power and the regional leader. Why not take charge and sort this out and show the rest of the world what it is capable of and show some "Turkish Power"?

Tomas Giovanni

8/20/2012 9:20:23 PM

Stella, instead of blaming the international community on today's Asaad run Syria, put the blasme directly on China and your good friends Russia. they are contributing to Asaad's was by providing arms to the military to slaughter thousands of innocent people, women and children and clinics that have to hide from the military.


8/20/2012 9:14:23 PM

@SAM; well according to the latest polls, most turks dont want to be a part of europe, either. Frankly if you think of christianity as the defining characteristic of EU, i personally wouldnt want to be a part of it either. besides there is more difference between, say, an italian and a dane (despite both being european) than there is between a spaniard, a greek and a turk. The way forward for EU, Turkey and for the world for that matter, is embracing cultural pluralism and secularization

mara mcglothin

8/20/2012 8:09:03 PM

What permission does Turkey have to cross the border to distribute aid? And if so, then why have they been allowing people across the border in the first place. Looks like Turkey should accept the help to house and take care of these people within Turkey. I am sure there are plenty of UN members who are prepared to do the work, but not in a risky area such as the Syrian border.

Turk Uzan

8/20/2012 5:24:37 PM

They are right to fear the refugee's, when the Kurdish "refugees" crossed our borders, PKK grew thousands in numbers and got their selfs a half million supporters, to influence and use like they wanted. We should have deported the Kurds back asap back in the day ... you gave the PKK 500 000 Kurds, who don't know Turkish, and multiply in a faster rate then any other ethnicity in this country, and are extremely susceptible to PKK propaganda.

Shah Hamdan

8/20/2012 1:49:27 PM

Mr. FM is getting hard landing after a troubled flight on Syria. Be sure Russia and China will veto any type of buffer zone or safe zone. But most important thing Mr. FM forget to mention, How long Turkey can afford to support 100,000 refugees? How many they can support within Syria and for how long?
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