Erdogan takes case to UN for 'safe zone' in Syria to host refugees

ISTANBUL (dpa)- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey can't exclusively bear the burden of hosting Syrian refugees, as he reiterates a call for creating a "safe zone" in north-eastern Syria.
Turkey can resettle 1 million to 2 million Syrian refugees in this zone, Erdogan told the UN General Assembly as he held up of a map of the Turkish-Syrian border region.

He called it a "peace corridor," which should be 30 kilometres deep and 480 kilometres long, adding that 3 million refugees could be resettled if the zone were extended to Deir al-Zour and al-Raqqa in Syria.
Erdogan has repeatedly warned that if the "safe zone" planned with the United States is not established by the end of September, then Turkey will have to implement its "own action plans."
Turkey hosts 5 million refugees, Erdogan said, adding that there are more asylum seekers in his country than in the total population of 29 states in the US.

Wednesday, September 25th 2019

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