Turkey's Erdogan says Syrian refugees a global problem

Turkey has spent $2.5 billion on those displaced by conflict while international community has donated only $250 million, said Prime Minister Erdogan.

Turkey's Erdogan says Syrian refugees a global problem

World Bulletin / News Desk

Syrian refugees are a global problem and international institutions are not paying due attention, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told EU ambassadors meeting in Turkey.

His comments on Tuesday came as Syria continues to be gripped by almost constant fighting which has left more than 6.5 million people internally displaced, according to the United Nations. Nearly 2.5 million Syrians are also registered as refugees in neighboring countries including Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq.

“Turkey has spent $2.5 billion on Syrian refugees so far while the international community, especially EU countries, have not given significant aid, donating only $250 million,” Erdogan said.

More than 100,000 people have been killed during the three-year conflict in Syria, which began after the regime launched a violent crackdown in response to anti-government protests in March 2011, triggering a conflict that spiraled into a civil war.

Last Mod: 25 Haziran 2014, 10:02
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