News ID: 126379
Published: 0137 GMT September 07, 2015

Turkish PM blames UNSC permanent members over refugee crisis

Turkish PM blames UNSC permanent members over refugee crisis

Turkey has blamed the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the ongoing refugee crisis stemming from conflicts in Syria and Iraq, despite Ankara's support for the militant groups whose activities have displaced millions in the region.

Speaking at the W20, a conference of 20 female leaders from the G20 group of major economies in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu censured the permanent members of the UNSC over their failure to find a solution to deal with the current refugee crisis and to end the militancy in Iraq and Syria.

Davutoglu referred to the death of three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi, who drowned off the Turkish coast along with 13 other Syrian refugees on September 2 and said, “Who is responsible?” adding that Syrian asylum seekers are being mistreated in Europe just because the UNSC cannot take appropriate decisions in time.

“Five permanent members of the UN Security Council decide everything... But they don’t pay the price for what is happening in Syria and Iraq. We pay that price as a neighbor of Syria,” Davutoglu claimed.

Davutoglu’s remarks come even as Ankara is under fire for not doing enough to halt the advance of Daesh (ISIL) terrorists as well as for its perceived reluctance to crack down on the militants using its territory to travel into Syria.

According to a report by Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman, published on August, 12, Turkey’s intelligence agency, the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), delivered foreign militants over the Turkish border into Syria to fight in the ranks of Daesh.

Back in June, the daily accused MİT of helping Daesh elements cross into Syria based on a footage obtained by the Turkish daily, Cumhuriyet.

The video showed bus drivers admitting that they had transferred “heavily bearded people, who looked scruffy” to the border at the order of MİT.

In recent years, thousands of Middle Eastern people mainly from Syria, who have been displaced due to war and militancy in their homeland, have struggled to reach European countries.

The UN says the militancy in Syria has internally displaced more than 7.6 million people, and compelled over four million others to take refuge in neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon, since it started back in 2011.

Terrorist groups, particularly Daesh, have captured parts of Syria and Iraq and committed horrific crimes against all ethnic and religious communities in the two countries.

The Syrian government has many times called on Turkey to stop supporting terror groups like Daesh saying the militants are enjoying Ankara's help both militarily and financially.

Resource: Press TV
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