Turkey may establish safe zone inside Syria as number of refugees grow12/08/2012 19:51
ERBIL, Aug. 12 (AKnews) – Turkey may go ahead alone in establishing a safe zone inside Turkey to handle the growing number of Syrian refugees in case coordination between US, NATO and Turkey was not reached, Turkish media reported.
According to reports, the number of Syrian refuges in Turkish refugee camps has hit about 55,000 and the number is on the rise as more and more families fleeing violence flee the country.
Diplomatic sources have told Today’s Zaman that Turkey is currently pressing, with US and other allies, for a UN Security Council resolution mandating the establishment of a safe zone inside Syria to handle the influx of Syrian refugees.
But in case the pressures fail to elicit a positive response from the UN Security Council, Turkey may go ahead alone in creating the safety pockets within Syria close to Turkish border that will involve military measures to create a no-fly zone to restrict Syrian forces movement, the sources have told the online daily.
“Threat is not limited to a military nature. If refugees flood into Turkey in hundreds of thousands, then it will become a national security risk threatening Turkey. It all depends on how events unfold in Syria,” the daily has quoted Turkish officials.
During a visit to Turkey on Saturday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Turkey and the US will tackle all kinds of issues, including a no-fly zone, into account to “stop the bloodshed in Syria” before the Assad regime steps aside.
“… our goal, number one, is to hasten the end of the bloodshed … And then, of course, we want to be good partners in helping the Syrian people build the kind of democratic, pluralistic society and government that will respect human rights and restore a better future,” Today’s Zaman quoted Clinton.