Turkish PM: ‘Safe zone could resolve Syrian refugee crisis’

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey has vigorously tried to persuade world leaders to establish safe zone in northern Syria in order to help relocate Syrian refugees in country

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses participants of G20 finance ministers meeting held in Ankara on Friday

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Turkish government has vigorously tried to persuade the world leaders to establish a safe zone in northern Syria in order to help relocating refugees and redirecting displaced people into secured areas in the country.

However, Davutoglu complained nobody paid attention to their persistent call for safe zones and emergent need of addressing refugee crisis, speaking at an international meeting of G20 finance ministers held in Turkish capital on Friday.

His speech came after the pictures of a drowned child found on a western Turkish beach has been recirculated by international media causing a worldwide outrage for the refugee deaths.

Eleven Syrian refugees drowned off the Turkish coast on Wednesday as they tried to reach Greek islands in the Aegean Sea separately by two boats from the Turkish port of Bodrum.

Turkey has consistently defended a plan to establish safe areas and no-fly zones in Syria. Turkish foreign ministry  previously indicated that refugees who stay in Turkey and neighbouring countries could be settled in the “safe” areas which will be cleared from ISIS by Turkey and US-led coalition forces following effective operations against the group.

Turkish media recently reported that Turkey and US signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) determining allied military planning in order to clear ISIS forces from an area between Marea and Jarablus in northern Syria. The reports put the length of the area at 98 kilometre.

The Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces will also be deployed in the areas cleared from ISIS by the allied forces according to the MOU.

The allies have referred to the areas as “ISIS-free zone,” according to recent media reports.

TRTWorld and agencies