Erdogan urges resettling of 1 mln refugees in northern Syria ‘peace zone’

Erdogan delivers a speech during the opening of the Global Refugee Forum, on December 17, 2019 in Geneva. (AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Tuesday for the resettlement of 1 million Syrian refugees in a “peace zone” in the northern part of their homeland, on a voluntary basis but in “a very short period of time.”

“We need to find formula to allow refugees... who travelled to Turkey to be resettled in their motherland,” Erdogan, whose country hosts 3.7 million Syrian refugees, told the Global Forum on Refugees, being held in Geneva.

Housing and schools could be set up in the zone, where some 371,000 Syrian refugees have already returned since Turkish military operations to clear the area of “terrorist organisations”, he said, naming ISIS and the Kurdish YPG and PKK.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01