Turkish FM says continuation of inflow of Syrian refugees may cause serious humanitarian situation
The Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday that a serious humanitarian situation might arise if inflow of Syrian refugees to Turkey continued, Anadolu reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is currently in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, commented on the talks held within the scope of the third meeting of International Contact Group on Libya.
"As Turkey is Syria's neighbor and friend, everybody asks us about the situation in the country. We are concerned about the latest developments," Davutoglu said.
Pointing to thousands of refugees crossing the Turkish-Syrian border in an effort to escape from the chaos in the country, Davutoglu said, "If such inflow continues, it will give rise to a very serious humanitarian situation".
The foreign minister said Turkey was a strong country and it could deal with the consequences if necessary.
"Nobody wants instability in Syria. In order to prevent that, the country's reform process should be speeded up and the nation should be convinced that a new era is about to begin. Otherwise, it will be hard to calm down the current atmosphere," he said.
Commenting on the developments in Libya as well, Davutoglu said the country needed a political solution above all things.
The minister said that Turkey had always been in contact with all the parties in Libya and it would continue to hold talks with them.
"We hope that steps for lasting peace will have been taken in Libya until the meeting we will hold by mid-July. This is our main goal," he said.
Pointing to the financial assistance Turkey plans to extend to Libya, Davutoglu said the 100 million USD assistance would be mainly used for humanitarian aid and the country's restructuring process.