Turkish FM urges int'l community to share Syrian refugee burden

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-8-27 20:23:52

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday urged the international community to share the burden of hosting Syrian refugees amid a growing wave of Syrians arriving in his country.

Davutoglu made the remarks at a press conference after a meeting of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday.

According to the minister, the number of Syrian refugees in Turkey is nearing 80,000.

He said on one hand, Turkey wants to fulfill its duties of friendship and brotherhood to the Syrians, "on the other hand, the spike in the number of Syrian refuges inflicted a huge burden on us."

"This burden should be shared with the international community, " he said, while urging reviewing the measures to be taken in the face of possible influx of refugees.

Davutoglu said the issue will be discussed at a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday.

The foreign minister said last Monday that his country cannot take more than 100,000 Syrian refugees and proposes a UN buffer zone inside Syria to shelter them.

"If the number of refugees in Turkey surpasses 100,000, we will run out of space to accommodate them. We should be able to accommodate them in Syria," the foreign minister told local Hurriyet Daily.

"The United Nations may build camps in a safe zone within Syria 's borders," he said.

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