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Turkish calls for Syria safe-zone went unheard: Davutoglu

Friday, September 04, 2015 - 01:00

Two days after the bodies of Syrian toddlers washed up on a Turkish beach, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Ankara's calls for a safe zone in Syria went unheard. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Turkey attempted to convince the world to set up a safe zone inside Syria to stem the flow of refugees from the war-torn country, but nobody heard its voice, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday (September 4). He was speaking at a meeting of G20 finance chiefs in Ankara, days after images of a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach sparked renewed debate on how to tackle the migrant crisis. ''''We hope that this voice and this dead body of a child will be seen by all international community and UN Security Council will take a decision how to protect Syrian people in Syria. For last four years, before as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and now as the Prime Minister and our President, all of us, we tried to convince world leaders that there's a need for a safe haven inside Syria where refugees can stay in their home, where there wouldn't be huge numbers of migrants. But nobody heard our voice,'' Davutoglu said. Davutoglu said a new perspective was needed to tackle the crisis. ''We are observing that every country has its own growth strategy sometimes conflicting with other individual decisions. If we're in the same train, in the same boat we should be accepting that if that boat sinks, all of us will be affected. Nobody can be safe. Today world economy is integrated and we have to be acting together regarding implementation of our decisions," Davutoglu said. Turkey has borne much of the brunt of the humanitarian fallout from neighbouring Syria, sheltering an estimated 2 million refugees at a cost of $6 billion. But its Aegean coastline has become a key jumping-off point for thousands hoping for more permanency in Europe. The United Nations refugee agency estimates more than 300,000 people have already used dangerous sea-routes this year to reach Europe this year alone, with around 2,500 losing their lives.

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Turkish calls for Syria safe-zone went unheard: Davutoglu

Friday, September 04, 2015 - 01:00