Turkey calls for safe zone for establishing peace in Syria

Turkey, after its National Council meeting, once again called for safe zone in northern Syria for establishing peace

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Turkey's National Security Council convenes in Ankara on March 24, 2016.

Turkey’s National Security Council has reiterated the need for establishing a safe no-fly zone in northern Syria in the interest of establishing peace in the war-torn country.

Days after the recent spate of suicide attacks in Ankara, Istanbul, and Brussels, the council gathered under the chairmanship of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkish capital on Thursday.

The council has focused on the Syria issue and counter-terrorism efforts, according to a statement released by the council.

Turkey's offer to create a safe no-fly zone in Syria is the "right and significant" solution, read the statement.

The council called on the UN and international community to take more responsibility in order to ensure stability in the region.

It emphasised that terrorism constitutes a threat without making any discrimination on religion, language, race and nationality.

It once again reiterated that Turkey will "resolutely" fight against any terror threats.

The statement also said Turkey's proposal -- supported by the EU-- on resolving the refugee issue should be implemented "as soon as possible."

Turkey shelters nearly 2.7 million Syrians, the world's largest refugee population and has spent around 10 billion dollars on meeting their needs, according to Turkish authorities.  

Syria has remained locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than 10 million people have been displaced, according to United Nations figures.


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