Majority of Syrians regret leaving Turkey for Europe, int'l aid organization president says
by Merve Aydoğan
ANKARANov 17, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Merve Aydoğan
Nov 17, 2015 12:00 am
Following the deadly DAESH terrorist attack in Paris over the weekend some European countries are refusing to take in refugees. With Europe's unwelcoming stance on refugees fleeing the war, the chairman of international aid organization Roja Zerin (Golden Sun), Dr. Xalid Amedi, said Monday in an interview with a local Turkish newspaper that 90 percent of refugees who left for Europe from Turkey regret leaving and want to return to Turkey. Since Ankara's open-door policy for Syrian refugees continues as part of its humanitarian policies, the government has spent $7.6 billion on 2.2 million Syrian refugees currently in the country. In efforts to share the burden, Ankara has been urging other Western countries, especially those in the European Union, to contribute to helping the refugee influx. Regardless of their contributions, Ankara says that the financial and spiritual support to refugees will continue.Top diplomats from many countries recently agreed on a process to lead to the end of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in talks in Vienna. Amedi commented on Assad's role in Syria and said that if Assad leaves his post then DAESH will also end. He said there is a joint agreement between DAESH and Assad and that the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the PKK affiliate in Syria, gets placed in regions that DAESH clears from moderate opposition. On refugees in Europe, Amedi said: "During my five-year stay in Europe, promises of unemployment support and human rights were all a fiction." He said he spoke to many refugees across Europe, and one of them now living in Denmark told him that he wants to return to Turkey where he stayed temporarily in the city of Batman. Amedi also claimed that refugees who went to Europe are experiencing great disappointment.
He said Turkey is the only country that could bring peace to the Middle East. He also said that if all Muslim countries follow and listen to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), then Ankara would become the capital of the entire Middle East. Amedi also praised President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's stance on refugees and said he is the only person to stand up for the oppressed.