Turkey threat­ens to open gates for Syr­ian refugees to go west

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s pres­i­dent on Thurs­day threat­ened to “open the gates” and al­low a flood of Syr­ian refugees to leave Turkey for West­ern coun­tries un­less a so-called safe zone is estab­lished in­side Syria soon through ne­go­ti­a­tions with the United States.

Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, in a speech to his ruling party of­fi­cials, lamented what he de­scribed as Turkey be­ing left to shoulder the burden of Syr­ian refugees alone.

Turkey is de­ter­mined to cre­ate the safe zone in­side Syria, along its bor­der with the war-torn coun­try, and was ready to do it alone be­fore the end of the month if there is no agree­ment with the United States.

Turkey opened its borders to Syr­i­ans in April 2011 and is home to 3.6 mil­lion who fled the civil war, now in its ninth year.

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