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Erdogan threatens to “open the doors” of Europe to Syrian refugees if Turkey does not receive more support

ISTANBUL, Sep. 5 (DPA / EP) –

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “open the doors” of Europe to Syrian refugees if Turkey does not receive enough international help and support for the “safe zone” it wants to constitute in the northern part of Syria.

Turkey, he stressed, “has not received the necessary support from the world, from Europe in particular,” to respond to the Syrian migration emergency, since it cannot “bear the burden alone.” Turkey currently hosts 4 million refugees, of which more than 3.6 million come from Syria.

Erdogan threatens to “open the doors” of Europe to Syrian refugees if Turkey does not receive more support
Erdogan threatens to “open the doors” of Europe to Syrian refugees if Turkey does not receive more support

“We will have to open the doors,” Erdogan said, during a meeting with members of his party in Ankara in which he warned that “millions of new refugees” can arrive from the Syrian province of Idlib, the scene of an intense offensive by part of the Bashar al Assad regime.

Ankara aims to create a safe zone in the northern part of Syria to eliminate the threat that Kurdish forces may pose and contain the migratory flow, although it is not clear who would control the area or what its extent would be.

Erdogan, who has declared himself willing to act for free if he does not reach an agreement with Washington, has assured that his Government aspires to relocate “at least one million refugees” in that safe area.

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