Turkish Ambassador Repeats Demand for Syria Safe Zone

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Turkey's request that a safe zone be set up in Syria is a step toward addressing the root cause of the migrant crisis, the country's Ambassador to Bulgaria has said.

"If this problem isn't solved, as you see with the events of the last months, things are starting to have a more complex nature and the problem is spreading," Suleyman Gokce told the Bulgarian National Radio in an interview.

Gokce noted the developments in Turkey were also having their influence on Bulgaria.

He reiterated Ankara had spent some USD 7.5 B on tackling the migrant crisis, with more than 2 million refugees (most of them from Syria and 300 000 from Iraq) on its territory, while receiving just USD 600 M in return.

Bulgaria has been among the staunchest advocates of Turkey's safe zone proposal and also of giving more EU money to the country for a more efficient response to the migrant crisis.

Turkey's Ambassador cited World Bank data, which showed remittances of Bulgarians working in Turkey to their homeland were about USD 800 M a year, as an examole of intense bilateral relations.


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jhgfkfgulgul - 15 Oct 2015 // 10:14:54

I understand Erdogan is threating both the US and Russia not to try to save the Kurds from the genocide he is planning or else...

w4Y6347Q42W7Y4WU735 - 11 Oct 2015 // 09:44:24

That veto right could even be used to reject the distribution of migrants on Bg's (or any other EU country's) soil.
Coming back to NATO, why should Bg or Greece or Cyprus agree to what(ever) Turkey proposes, especially since oftentimes (make that: nearly always) the results of its proposals are or will prove to be detrimental to these countries (that Turkey hates and has territorial claims on)??? Why help your enemy??? Just because the US says so??? Why not save Kurds from a genocide and defend your own interests in the process????????

yjiyidtitdiiti - 10 Oct 2015 // 22:14:26

Aren't Bg, Greece, Cyprus suppose to have a veto right both in NATO and EU???

jdjyjsudyui - 10 Oct 2015 // 22:13:06

you mean no-(more)-Kurds-(alive) zone???
No can't do
Try next year
Baba Vanga said it will be a very good year for genocides

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