Turkey: We don’t want those Syrian refugees either!

At least not permanently.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: Maybe in a couple of years Hillary could be persuaded to take a hundred thousand or so! http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/2009a/06/124413.htm

The UN has been falling all over itself praising Turkey for months for its acceptance of an estimated 1 million Syrians who have streamed across the border to escape the Syrian civil war.  Most of those leaving Syria are Muslims.

Now, we learn that  Muslim Turkey will not accept any Syrian asylum claims and says the Syrians must be resettled in a third country.   Third country:  France?  UK? Germany? Canada? US?  Which?

From Press TV.   So much for Muslim charity!

Senior authorities in Ankara have ruled out refugee status for Syrian nationals who are seeking shelter in Turkey.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday that his country has limited the right only to asylum seekers from Europe. [So what does this mean?  If you are seeking asylum from say France, Sweden or the UK, Turkey will take you?  I bet there is a long waiting list for that!  Not!—ed]

Non-European refugees are now granted a temporary stay in Turkey, pending their resettlement to a third country.

Thus, it is not possible for Syrians who have taken shelter in Turkey to obtain refugee status, the foreign minister noted.


In late April, Ankara put the number of Syrian refugees in the country at almost one million. Turkey is viewed as one of the regional supporters of foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria.

Just a couple of months ago, David Miliband, the CEO of resettlement contractor the International Refugee Committee, was kissing up to Turkey too.

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