Turkey moots building ‘refugee city’ in northern Syria

xxxTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested building a new city in northern Syria to house some of the millions of refugees escaping the country’s civil war, reports said on Saturday (March 5).

Mr Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul late on Friday that the new city would be located near the Turkish border and said he had even discussed the idea with United States President Barack Obama.”I am going to tell you something. What is the formula? We found a city in the north of Syria,” said Mr Erdogan, quoted by the Anatolia news agency.

He said that the city would be 4,500 sq km in area and its infrastructure could be built in cooperation with the international community.Refugees from Syria could be “resettled” there, he said. Such an area would make the city comparable to some of the largest urban centres in the United States. “We have discussed this with Mr Obama and even set the coordinates but it has not yet come to fruition,” said Mr Erdogan. He gave no timescale for how the project could be realised.

-more at Straits Times

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