Ankara: international community failed Syria test
Monday, March 17, 2014
ANKARA - The international community has failed a big test in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said as the country entered its fourth year of civil war.
"If the Syrian crisis continues on this track, most probably it will be the darkest page in the history of the 21st century," Davutoglu told the Anadolu Agency, adding that Turkey had done what was needed politically and in terms of humanitarian aid.
"The most painful fact is that there are more than 2.5 million Syrians inside the country who do not have basic goods like bread and water," Davutoglu said.
He thanked all the Turkish provinces involved in hosting Syrian refugees.
"We are hosting nearly 700,000 Syrian refugees," Davutoglu said, adding that "220,000 to 230,000 refugees are staying in camps."
More than 100,000 people have been killed since the conflict between opposition forces and the regime of Bashar al-Assad began on March 2011, according to the United Nations.
More than 2.5 million Syrians have registered as refugees in neighboring countries or are awaiting registration, while displacement inside Syria has reached more than 6.5 million, according to the U.N.
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