Turkey says three million could return to safe zone in Syria

Turkey says three million might return to secure zone in Syria

A Syrian girl waits inside a bus as Syrian refugees returning voluntarily to their country prepare to leave Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: August 2019Picture copyright
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Turkey is internet hosting greater than 3.6 million Syrians who’ve fled the civil warfare

Turkey’s president has mentioned that as much as three million Syrian refugees might return to their nation to reside in a “secure zone” within the north.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned the zone – which is already being arrange in co-operation with the US – wanted to be prolonged for the objective to be met.

US-backed Kurdish fighters earlier moved again from a strip of Syrian territory alongside the Turkish border.

Turkey regards the Kurdish forces as terrorists.

Mr Erdogan’s feedback got here after talks in Ankara with the presidents of Russia and Iran, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani.

The Kurds have but to answer Mr Erdogan’s plan, however they’re nearly sure to bitterly oppose it, the BBC’s Alan Johnston reviews.

Earlier this month, Turkey warned it would reopen the route for Syrian refugees to enter Europe if it didn’t get extra worldwide help for the “secure zone” in northern Syria.

Turkey is internet hosting greater than 3.6 million Syrians who’ve fled the civil warfare that started in 2011.

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Media caption1000’s of Syrians flee their properties as authorities forces push into the opposition’s final stronghold in Idlib

Tens of 1000’s of civilians have already fled north from Idlib, a province held by insurgent and jihadist forces, to the Turkish border.

Underneath a 2016 settlement with the EU, Turkey imposed stronger controls to curb the circulation of migrants and refugees to Europe.

The deal concerned an EU pledge to offer €6bn (£5.4bn; $6.6bn) in support to Turkey to accommodate Syrian refugees.

Mr Erdogan has complained that solely €3bn of that has arrived thus far, although the EU says €5.6bn has been supplied.

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