Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday that there is no possible solution with the Assad regime in Syria, speaking to reporters in New York.
Davutoglu arrived in New York on Thursday to attend various meetings at the 70th United Nations General Assembly and made the comment following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Focusing on the refugee crisis, Davutoglu said that it is not possible to have a solution for the Syrian crisis which would involve Bashar al Assad.
The prime minister said, "Our stance on Assad has gone through three phases. First, we strived for a permanent solution with Assad and did our best for some reforms in the country. Secondly, we dwelt on a formula with Assad as a part of the transition period. However, after the airstrikes and the use of chemical weapons in 2012, we realised that Syrians do not accept a solution with Assad. So, after this stage we believe that a settlement with Assad is not possible."
Accordingly, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week "Nobody can foresee Syria's future with al-Assad. It's not possible to accept a person responsible for killing 300,000 to 350,000 people, a dictator."
In response to questions about Russia’s attitude with respect to Syria, Davutoglu replied that ''It is worrisome that Russia has established an air force to support the Assad regime. We maintain our talks with the Russian authorities. The war in Syria cannot be seen as a war the parties of which can be supported by different countries. It should be seen as an international problem. It is a must to form a temporary and democratic regime Syria. We think that a temporary regime with Assad at the head will ruin it, turning into a permanent status quo."
Turkey could build three towns in a safe zone between Jarablus and Azez
Davutoglu also told reporters "If a safe zone is created between Jarablus and Azez, Turkey could build three container towns with a capacity to house 100,000 people within the region for the Syrian refugees.”
His remarks came after European Union leaders on Sept. 24 agreed to give 1 billion euros to humanitarian agencies to help refugees in camps near their home countries and increased assistance to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.
‘’The cost of towns will be met by the EU and built by Turkey. Turkey cannot have camps like concentration camps for all the Syrian refugees; it is not humane,’’ the Turkish Prime Minister said.
"The refugee crisis is not only Turkey's problem, it should be the problem for the world," he added.
Davutoglu also touched upon his meeting with Angela Merkel, saying, "We have agreed with Germany to form a dual structure for the Syrian refugees and when necessary we will include Greece in it as we discussed with Alexis Tsipras."
Turkey is a transit point for refugees aiming to reach European countries from Syria because of its location bridging the Middle East and Europe.
Syrian refugees escaping the violence in their country fled Syria in large numbers following the escalation of the Syrian Civil War in 2011. One of their most preferred destinations was neighbouring Turkey, which hosts the most Syrian refugees in the world according to United Nations registration records.
Nearly two million are hosted in Turkey, home to the world’s largest refugee population.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus previously announced that the total amount of aid provided by Turkey to refugees in the country is 7.6 billion dollars of which the international community has only contributed 416 million dollars.