Polish minister says Syrian refugees should join war

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski suggests Syrian refugees to form an army and fight for their country

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Photo by: AFP

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has suggested that the Syrian refugees fleeing the war in their country should be trained to form an army in order to fight opposite forces in order to “liberate” their country instead of crossing into Europe.

"Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have come to Europe recently. We can help them form an army," he said on Monday.

"They can go to fight to liberate their country with our help," he added.

Newly appointed Waszczykowski, pointed out that this way the refugees can have jobs and stop drinking coffee in the European countries they cross to.

He said that he did not want to see a situation where "we send our soldiers to fight in Syria while hundreds of thousands of Syrians drink their coffee in (Berlin's) Unter den Linden."

"Tens of thousands of young men disembark from their rubber dinghies with iPad in hand and instead of asking for drink or food, they ask where they can charge their cell phones.”

At the same time, Poland has announced that due to the Paris attack that took place on Friday and killed at least 128 people, the country will not accept quotas regarding the refugee distribution in Europe.

The new minister for European affairs, ready to be on duty from Monday said that they have not agreed on any such plan.

"In the face of the tragic acts in Paris, we do not see the political possibilities to implement the plan,” he said.

The distribution programme has been under wide criticism after a Syrian passport was found in the scene of attacks next to one of the bombers.

Germany, on the other hand, is still accepting Syrian refugees and giving them the status of "primary protection" which means their stay is not permanent.

TRTWorld and agencies