Our aim is to make Syria safe and livable


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday called for a more comprehensive notion of justice to prevail in Syria, stating that the deaths caused by conventional weapons should not be ignored.

“How can there be justice if we put those killed with conventional aside and only focus on chemical weapons? We are calling for the foundations of global peace to be laid, and for bombs not to be rained down on these countries. Our aim is to make Syria safe and livable,” Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan’s comments came after France, Britain and the U.S. launched over 100 missiles early on Saturday targeting what they said were three chemical weapons facilities in Syria in response to a suspected poison gas attack in Eastern Ghouta’s Douma on April 7 that killed at least 78 people.

Turkey’s cross-border operations

The president also touched on the success of Turkey’s military operations, adding that they would continue to ensure safety.

“Turkey does not have its sights set on anyone else’s land. Our operations have two goals; the first is to abolish the threats targeting our country, and the second is to create a safe, peaceful and habitable area for Syrians living in our country,” Erdoğan said.

Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch on Jan. 20 to clear YPG/PKK and Daesh terrorist groups from Afrin in northwestern Syria amid growing threats from the region. On March 18, Turkish-backed troops liberated Afrin town center, which had been a major hideout for the YPG/PKK since 2012.

According to the Turkish General Staff, the operation aims to establish security and stability along Turkey’s borders and the region as well as to protect Syrians from the oppression and cruelty of terrorists.

Turkey welcomes Syrians with open arms

“We will continue to host refugees whether we receive funding or not,” Erdoğan said.

Turkey has accepted some 3.5 million refugees from Syria. The EU says it has allocated all of the 3 billion euros ($3.7 bln) it had promised Turkey for 2016-17, though less than 2 billion of that had so far been disbursed due to procedural issues, which Ankara sees as petty.

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