Erdogan Addresses Syria’s Plight at UN General Assembly


In Turkish President Erdogan’s speech to the 77th UN General Assembly he spoke about the issues of the Syrian crisis mainly the plight of the displaced refugees highlighting the need for the UN and the EU to be more proactive in ensuring their rights and safeguarding their security:

“The world has forgotten about [Syrian refugee toddler] Aylan Kurdi too quickly, while we struggle to prevent the deaths of more children like Aylan (Kurdi), Greece is turning the Aegean Sea into a refugee graveyard through illegal and reckless pushbacks.”

The refugee crisis cannot be solved by putting innocent people in concentration camps or on boats to die, It is time for Europe and the United Nations to stop this atrocity, which is tantamount to a crime against humanity.

The return of Syrians from Turkey to their country has begun, and our goal in the first place is to gradually return one million people. The [UN] Security Council must assume its responsibilities to support the mechanism for the delivery of humanitarian aid in northwest Syria.

We can ramp up the number of Syrians safely returning to their country to 3 million if the peace corridor is extended to Deir Ezzor-Raqqa line; I call on UN members to back Turkey’s efforts to ensure security in Syria’s Idlib.

“[Turkey] will not hesitate to fight terrorism and do everything in our power so that the Syrians can return to their homes.”

He also spoke on the issue of Palestine, suggesting that the immediate establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the basis of 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital is the solution.

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