Borders to remain open for Syrians seeking shelter in Turkey: FM

10:42, June 16, 2011      

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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday said that his country would not seal its southern borders with Syria on Syrians fleeing violent clashes to Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

"It is out of question for us to shut down in any way our doors on our Syrian brothers. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made this point very clear. For us, Syrian and Turkish peoples share a common future and fate," said Davutoglu.

Davutoglu said Erdogan was set to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's special envoy in the Turkish capital of Ankara later in the day, adding, "Besides, I will discuss the latest developments in the region and in Syria with Turkish ambassadors commissioned in the Middle East."

The Turkish foreign minister warned that further escalation of violence in Syria might force more Syrians to an exodus, which he said could only be prevented if the Syrian government met expectations of their people's demand for reform.

Syrians in the camps are served three meals a day and they are provided hot water round the clock and medical care at a field hospital.

Source: Xinhua
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