Turkey denies plan on buffer zone with Syria

"We want to sweep landmines on our border with Syria. We do not want to create a border with more landmines or set up a buffer zone," Ismet Yilmaz told reporters Tuesday.

Turkey denies plan on buffer zone with Syria

Turkey's defense minister has said the country did not plan to create a military buffer zone on its southern border with Syria.

"We want to sweep landmines on our border with Syria. We do not want to create a border with more landmines or set up a buffer zone," Ismet Yilmaz told reporters Tuesday in the central city of Sivas.

As of today, 9,430 Syrians have returned to their country from their six temporary tent-sites set up by Turkish Red Crescent in Altinozu, Yayladagi, Reyhanli towns and Apaydin village of Turkey's southern province of Hatay.

Nearly 16 thousand Syrians have fled violence and crossed into Turkey since January 2011 when the Syrian government launched a nation-wide crackdown on pro-democracy protestors.

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