Over 200,000 Syrians in Turkey, says Turkish deputy PM

During an iftar (fasting-breaking dinner) at a container city sheltering Syrians in Malatya, Bozdag addressed Turkey's aid toward Syrians during the crisis in their country, as well as Turkey's ongoing democratization efforts in its Kurdish solution process.

Over 200,000 Syrians in Turkey, says Turkish deputy PM

World Bulletin/News Desk

 

Turkey hosts more than 200 thousand Syrian people, said Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on Thursday.

Bozdag stressed Turkey's policy of hospitality and said they had always been on the side of victims and downtrodden people.

He reminded how Turkey had opened its doors to Iraqi people when Saddam Hussein committed genocide against the people of Halabja, and similarly to Bulgarian people in the early 1990s escaping the government's cruelty.

"Giving the needy a helping hand is a practise of our history, culture, civilization, and tradition," said deputy PM.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said, "while the Assad regime kills his own citizens, the UN is only counting the dead."

Having iftar (fasting-breaking dinner) at a container city sheltering Syrians in Malatya, a southeastern province of Turkey, Bozdag said, "Despite the existence of the United Nations (UN), there are wars and bloodshed in the Middle East and in many parts of the world. While the Assad regime kills his own citizens, the UN only counting the dead."

Regarding the refugees from Syria, he added, "Their every need is met by Turkey. International society only covers a few. In such a situation, the international community should do more but unfortunately they did not provide enough aid to this tragedy."

Solution process

Pointing out that the solution process which would bring an end to the lonstanding conflict in Turkey between the state and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was a difficult process, Bozdag said his government was determined to terminate the problem completely.

"We have taken firm steps in this way. There have been no soldiers or police officers killed in a conflict with terrorists in the last 6 months," he said. He noted the positive developments in terms of disarmament and the withdrawing of PKK members from Turkey.

He also emphasised in his speech that Turkey would continue democratisation efforts by taking new steps in the next legislative session of the Turkish Parliament.

Last Mod: 02 Ağustos 2013, 10:08
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