Syrian Gov’t Blasts Turkey for Preventing Return of Refugees


Syria’s Minister of State for National Reconciliation Affairs Ali Heidar lashed out at certain foreign states, including Turkey, for preventing the return of the Syrian refugees who had fled the country after the terrorists’ invasion.

Turkey and some other countries do not allow the Syrian refugees to return to their country, Heidar was quoted as saying by Shampress on Monday.

Stressing that there are no preconditions for the return of the refugees to their own country, he said thousands of the refugees willing to return to Syria have so far been enlisted.

In relevant remarks in April, the UN aid chief said that foreign donors have failed to honor obligations to Syrian refugees.

Amin Awad, the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Middle East, told Britain’s Independent newspaper that of the $6.5 billion requested by the UN from international donors to help Syrian refugees, only one-fifth has been delivered.

The UN requested funds on January, but donors pledged to pay $2.3 billion. And even of that, only $1.29 billion has been received to date.

Awad said he is concerned that the international attention to the perils of the refugees is dwindling and warned that the problem “will show up in different shapes and will haunt us as a community for a generation”.