CORRECTION: Turkey calls for global efforts to resolve refugee

06 Oct 2016 20:20pm
ATTENTION – CORRECTION: Changes US.dollars 25 million in second-last para to US.dollars 25 billion

By Mathias Nanghanda
ANKARA, 06 OCT (NAMPA) – The Turkish government demands a balanced world political order if the issue of refugees around the globe is to be amicably resolved.
Addressing a group of African media members visiting his country on Tuesday, the Turkish Prime Minister’s Director of Public Diplomacy, Professor Ali Osman Ozturk expressed concern over the increasing number of refugees arriving in his country every day, especially from neighbouring Syria and Iraq.
“These are the people fleeing their countries because of political instability,” Ozturk said.
Refugees are people who have been displaced and had their democratic rights violated in their home countries.
According to him, Turkey is currently housing 3 million refugees from those two neighbouring states, of which 2.7 million are from Syria and 300 000 from Iraq.
He said that to solve the problem of refugees, a balance of and peace between belief systems must be achieved.
“Therefore, the world needs a new order, which is well balanced,” he said, adding that an atmosphere of friendly relations should be created between the parties of different ideologies or religion.
Turkey has spent over US.dollars 25 billion on refugees since 2011, said Ozturk, after the civil war in Syria broke out with rebel forces attempting to oust President President Bashar al-Assad and topple his government.
The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began with the 2003 invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition. The war ended in 2011.