Turkey threatens to open gates for Syrian refugees to go west
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.