Erdogan asks UN for no-fly zone over Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asks UN to form a no-fly zone over Syria to stop the mounting humanitarian crisis during his meeting with UN Secretary General in New York

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated Turkey's request to form a no-fly zone over Syria to stop the mounting humanitarian crisis of thousands of Syrians fleeing the conflict over the border to Turkey in a meeting with the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday.

    According to Turkish presidential sources, Erdogan emphasized that Iraq and Syria should be seen as one action ground in the fight with terrorism during the meeting closed to press.

    Erdogan underlined Turkey's expenditure for Syrian refugees which has so far mounted to around $3.5 billion and said a no-fly zone is required in Syria to stop the humanitarian tragedy in the country.

    More than 130,000 Syrians have fled the attacks of the militant group, ISIL from the Kurdish Kobani area since Friday.

    Turkey has requested a no-fly zone in Syria since 2012 from the UN.

    After the meeting with Ban, Erdogan hosted a reception at Turkish Center in New York to raise support for Turkey's UN Security Council non-permanent membership bid for 2015-2016 term.

    The reception was attended by several state and government heads, where Erdogan talked privately for Turkey's bid.


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