Turkey says world must share Syrian refugee burden

By REUTERS
August 27, 2012 17:23

 
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ANKARA - Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday called for more help from other countries with a growing Syrian refugee crisis and said Ankara would stress this at a UN Security Council meeting on Syria later this week.

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has nearly doubled over the past two months to more than 80,000 and this weekend Turkey begun temporarily holding thousands of people on the border while they scrambled to erect shelters.

"On the one hand, for the sake of our brotherhood with the Syrians we want to carry out our humanitarian duty, but there is a burden brought about by the numbers. This burden must be shared by the international community," Davutoglu said.

In total, more than 200,000 Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the start of the conflict, already surpassing a UN year-end estimate of 185,000, and Turkey, which is housing the biggest number, is frustrated at what it sees as a sluggish international response.

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