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Turkey call for Syria safe zones opposed by UN

Published on Aug 31, 2012 7:45 AM
 
William Hague, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, Aug 30, 2012 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Turkey urged the UN Security Council to set up civilian safe havens inside Syria on Thursday, saying it was struggling to coped with refugees fleeing the country's conflict. -- PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - Turkey urged the United Nations (UN) Security Council to set up civilian safe havens inside Syria on Thursday, saying it was struggling to coped with refugees fleeing the country's conflict.

But United Nations officials spoke out against the proposal and Britain and France warned of the major diplomatic and legal obstacles blocking any move to set up special zones, which could require military protection.

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the Security Council more than 80,000 Syrians are in camps in Turkey, 10,000 are waiting at the border and his country faces "seriously difficulty" coping with 4,000 crossing over each day.

"The UN should initiate the establishment of IDP camps within Syria without delay. Needless to say, these camps should have full protection," he said, using the abbreviation for internally displaced persons.

 
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