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REFUGEE CITY: Erdogan proposed to build a camp on Turkey and Syria border

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed to build a “refugee city” on the border of his country with Syria. He stated this at a press conference following negotiations with Russian and Iranian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani at a tripartite summit in Ankara on the Syrian issue.

At the same time, Erdogan emphasized that Turkey will not allow creating a terrorist corridor on its border with Syria.

The Turkish president also noted that it is necessary to provide an opportunity for refugees from Syria to return to their native lands. “In this regard, there will be a corridor of peace, which will be of great importance. I want to note that if this corridor is formed, the return of two million refugees is possible,” the political leader emphasized.

According to Erdogan, this corridor can be extended to the cities of Raqqa or Deir ez-Zor. In this case, the number of refugees who will be able to return to their homeland will reach 3 million people, the Turkish president drew attention. He also believes that by creating a corridor it will be possible to prevent the division of Syria.

Erdogan also said that the next trilateral meeting of the leaders of Turkey, Iran and Russia on the Syrian settlement, held on September 16, gave hope for ensuring the territorial integrity of Syria and stability in this country. The president also said that the next Russia-Turkey-Iran summit – the sixth in a row – will be held in Iran. In turn, Iranian President Rouhani added that the next summit should be held in Tehran.

In early September, it became known that Turkey plans to create a “security zone” in Syrian territory along a section of its southern border to accommodate at least a million refugees. In this way, Ankara will be able to provide the Syrians with “humane living conditions,” Erdogan said then.

In addition, at the same time, the Turkish leader threatened European countries to open the way to Europe for Syrian refugees if they did not help Turkey solve the problem of placing Syrians.

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