U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres will pay a two-day visit to Turkey next week that comes as â€œa resultâ€ of Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutogluâ€™s severe warning to the international community on the worsening humanitarian tragedy in Syria, according to Turkish diplomatic sources.
â€œThis is a field visit, but as a representative of the international community, he also wants to show solidarity with Turkey via a field visit,â€ a Turkish diplomat told the Hurriyet Daily News yesterday.
Guterres will be in Turkey on Sept. 13-14, but Turkey is not the only stop during Guterresâ€™ trip to the region.
He plans to proceed to Jordan and Lebanon following his visit to Turkey. In Turkey he is expected visit a civilian camp in the Yayladagi district of the southern province of Hatay.
â€œThe timing of the visit is not a coincidence as it is kind of a result of the foreign ministerâ€™s warning in New York,â€ the same diplomat, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, recalling Davutogluâ€™s speech delivered during a ministerial meeting of the U.N. Security Council in New York late last month. On the sidelines of the Aug. 30 ministerial meeting in New York, which focused on the humanitarian impact of the civil war in Syria with both permanent and temporary members present, Davutoglu held a bilateral meeting with Guterres. Syriaâ€™s neighbors were also invited to the meeting.
While Jordan and Lebanon responded affirmatively, Iraq did not participate in the meeting. â€œThe UNHCR has been constantly praising Turkeyâ€™s efforts on the humanitarian side, yet, they are also very well aware that we have a â€˜load limitâ€™ to which we are rapidly approaching,â€ the Turkish diplomat said.
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