Erdogan: Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in northern Syria

Erdogan: Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in northern Syria

Turkey aims to settle one million Syrian war refugees in the area of northern Syria where it carried out a military incursion in October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

He told state broadcaster TRT that Ankara would finance the resettlement on its own if allies did not provide support.

"The Turkish nation can carry out an exemplary step between Ras al Ain and Tel Abyad. Settling one million people between Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain, that is our aim in the safe zone, that is our plan," Reuters cited the Turkish leader as saying.

On October 9, Turkiey announced the launch of Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria. On October 22, Russia and Turkey signed a memorandum on joint actions in northeastern Syria. Under the arrangement, the Russian military police and Syrian military were to be moved into the areas bordering the zone of Turkey’s operation in Syria as of noon of October 23. The Kurdish forces had 150 hours to vacate the 30-kilometer wide strip of land along the Turkish border. 

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